All smiles as Stan­ley sneak into round two

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Adam Lacey

JOHN Cole­man said his Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley side played with “con­fi­dence and swag­ger” as they over­came York City in ter­ri­ble con­di­tions to get their name in the hat for round two of the FA Cup.

Led by in-form Josh Win­dass, who scored his ninth goal of the sea­son and bagged two as­sists, Stan­ley dom­i­nated a City side who have not won in ten.

Ac­cring­ton’s Sean McConville and Matt Crooks scored either side of Vadaine Oliver’s short­lived equaliser for the Min­ster­men in the first half.

Win­dass’ dinked penalty gave the home side breath­ing space be­fore Michael Coul­son headed in a last­minute con­so­la­tion.

Cole­man praised his side’s style of play, es­pe­cially in a game that threat­ened to be rained off.

He said: “We played some great stuff at times to­day and I don’t think any­one could be­grudge us the win.

“The goals we scored were fan­tas­tic. There’s a be­lief in us at the mo­ment that we’ve got to keep go­ing, but there’s a line be­tween con­fi­dence and cock­i­ness, and first and fore­most comes hard work.

“The rain got re­ally bad and with the ball stick­ing in the cor­ners, you can’t have any com­plaints if the ref calls it off at that point.

“We’ve got our name in the hat for the next round and it’s a few bob in the kitty. It’s nice for the new owner to have a lit­tle bit of a payday in­stead of putting his hand in his pocket.”

McConville opened the scor­ing on the half hour mark, his sweetly-struck shot bounced in off the up­right.

Seven min­utes later the vis­i­tors pulled one back with Bryn Mor­ris beat­ing Bradley Hal­l­i­day down the left and squar­ing to Oliver who scram­bled it over the line.

The City defence were then caught nap­ping as from the restart Crooks was slid through and oneon-one with the keeper he fin­ished with aplomb.

Stan­ley ex­panded on their lead af­ter the in­ter­val as Win­dass scored a chipped penalty af­ter Billy Kee had been fouled.

Coul­son made the most of blus­tery con­di­tions late on to head past Ja­son Mooney.

New boss Jackie McNa­mara was dis­ap­pointed as his side ex­tended their win­less run to ten.

He said: “We shot our­selves in the foot again, with giv­ing a silly penalty away. We’re a threat from mid­dle to front but the back four needs some work.

“I think we had one or two chances from cor­ners where we could’ve got back into it and maybe give us an op­por­tu­nity to get an equaliser. I’m just dis­ap­pointed we left our­selves too much to do.”

McNa­mara has had less than a week with his new side but hopes he can af­fect a change in time for next week’s trip to Barns­ley in the league.



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