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Accrington Preview

11 September 2017

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Town face a tough trip to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night (7:45pm) as they look to bounce back from defeat at the weekend.

Fixture News

Jones In Charge At Accrington

11 September 2017

The Mariners went down 4-1 to Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon and have the chance to get that result out of their systems quickly, but boss Russell Slade will know that it will take an improved performance if they are to pick up all three points against a side that have started the season extremely well.

Changes to be made from Tuesday

Boss Russell Slade has confirmed that he will make several changes to the side that played at Mansfield, whilst Zak Mills is a fresh injury concern for Town after he came off, and he is ruled as a major doubt for the trip to the Wham Stadium.

Town have received a boost with the news that Akwasi Asante is back in training, which means that Jamey Osborne is the only long term absentee.

Former Town loanee Kayden Jackson has made a good start for the home side and could play against his former club, along with former midfielder Scott Brown. Stanley will be midfielder without Mekhi McLeod, who will serve the final game of a three match suspension, whilst goalkeeper Max Stryjek and defender Ben Richards-Everton will also miss out through injury.

Ticket News

Ticket news for Accrington Stanley vs Grimsby Town on 12 Sep 17

11 September 2017

Stanley aiming for promotion

Accrington have begun the season in fine form and John Coleman's side have made no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim after a mid-table finish last campaign.

Coleman's men are currently second in the league ahead of the fixture with four wins from their six games so far and have won all three games at home so far, the last of those being the 3-0 victory over Carlisle United at the weekend, where a Billy Kee strike and a Sean McConville brace were enough to pick up a convincing win.

Boss Coleman was in charge originally at Accrington between 1999 and 2012, leading them from non-league into an established EFL side before returning for for a second spell in 2012 and he has slowly built an impressive side each season since then.

Coleman described forward Billy Kee as ''the best striker in the league'' earlier in the week, and he has already scored five goals this campaign to make his record 34 goals in 82 league games since joining in the summer of 2015. He looks to be forming a potent partnership with Kayden Jackson, whilst defender Mark Hughes and midfielder Sean McConville add some experience to what is quite a young side on paper.

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7 October 2017

A win and a draw last campaign

The two sides met twice last season, with the first meeting on Boxing Day seeing Town come away with a 2-0 win at Blundell Park thanks to goals from Tom Bolarinwa and Ashley Chambers to end three straight defeats.

The reverse fixture came at the Wham Stadium in March when Akwasi Asante struck with 20 minutes remaining but the Mariners were denied all three points when Shay McCartan scored a late free-kick with just a minute of normal time remaining in a 1-1 draw.

The two sides have only ever met on nine occasions, with Accrington winning five, Town winning three and the sides sharing the spoils twice.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: ''It’s about reaction, reaction to the inconsistency that we’ve shown so far this season. It has to be a positive one, even though it can be more difficult. I don’t think anyone will be wanting to go to Accrington Stanley on a Tuesday night. But that’s the test and we’ve got to embrace that, we’ve got to be ready for that challenge.”

John Coleman: ''We won’t be resting any players. We have spoken about getting a winning environment together within our side. We have to make sure that we look after ourselves and that everybody else gets looked after too. Promotion has been our goal since we walked onto the ground for our very first game in pre-season and it hasn’t changed now. Promotion is our aim.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Accrington Stanley 1-2 Grimsby Town

Town secure vital away victory

12 September 2017

Grimsby Telegraph
Siriki in action at Accrington Stanley

Grimsby Town returned to winning ways with a vital away victory against Accrington Stanley.

On a wet night in Lancashire, the Mariners delivered the perfect response after slipping to a heavy defeat last time out, securing all three points.

In an open game, Town struck first when Sam Jones opened the scoring three minutes before the break but they could not hold their advantage until half-time as Kayden Jackson equalised.

The visitors did not have to wait long to reclaim the lead though, as Martyn Woolford scored his first goal for the club three minutes after the restart to ultimately settle the contest.

Four changes were made to the Town starting XI after the loss at Mansfield on Saturday, with Ben Davies replacing the injured Zak Mills as Danny Collins, Jones and Jamille Matt also came in.

James McKeown started in goal, with Davies, Nathan Clarke, Collins and Paul Dixon beginning the evening in defence.

Siriki Dembele, James Berrett, Mitch Rose and Woolford were the midfielders, with Jones lining up just behind striker Matt, who was making his first start since signing on loan from Blackpool.

JJ Hooper, Scott Vernon and Karleigh Osborne dropped to the bench, where they were joined by Harry Cardwell, Luke Summerfield, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Ben Killip.

Accrington's attack included former Town loanee Jackson, with another familiar face among the substitutes in the shape of midfielder Scott Brown.

An Accrington corner in the early stages of the game was cleared but it was the Mariners who made the brighter start, with Dembele getting into the box before running the ball through to home keeper Aaron Chapman.

An opportunity for the visitors came when Matt was fouled on the edge of the penalty area on eight minutes but Dembele's free kick went over the bar.

A run from Jones then saw him have a shot blocked before being forced wide at the second attempt as Town's lively opening to the game continued.

Davies was shown the first yellow card of the game on 12 minutes, before a Grimsby corner eventually came to nothing.

At the other end, Jordan Clark cut in before sending over a cross which was put beind for a goal kick.

Dixon had to concede a corner on 20 minutes and from it, a header from Mark Hughes was blocked by the Town left-back.

A foul by Berrett on Jackson gave the hosts a free kick seven minutes later, although Sean McConville could not pick out an Accrington team-mate from it and the ball rolled away for a Grimsby throw-in.

Town's next attack saw Dembele go on a run through the middle before passing to Woolford, who sliced a shot over the bar.

Striker Billy Kee had a chance on the half-hour after beating Rose but his shot was saved by McKeown.

The Town keeper was called into action again two minutes later when Jackson hit a low effort but McKeown got down to make a comfortable stop.

A Grimsby corner came soon afterwards and after it was played short, Davies' looping cross was not fully dealt with by keeper Chapman and the hosts only half-cleared, with Town winning another corner soon afterwards.  This time, the danger was cleared after Clarke had headed the ball back across goal.

When the deadlock was eventually broken on 42 minutes, it was the Mariners who took the lead.  Clarke's ball over the top went to JONES and he flicked it over Chapman before forcing it over the line to give his side a precious lead.

Accrington's response saw then win a free kick in a dangerous position but McConville's ball was put out for a goal kick.

Town's objective would have been to get to half-time with their lead intact but the advantage was to last just three minutes as the home side got themselves level.  Clark took the ball forward down the right before finding the unmarked JACKSON, who beat McKeown to make it 1-1.

McKeown had to tip a header over his bar as Accrington looked to complete the turnaround before the interval but the resulting corner was well-defended by Dembele and the scores remained level at the break.

Malik Wilks replaced Kee up front for the home side before the restart and the substitute was involved almost immediately, drilling a shot which McKeown got to boot to and ensured it would only be a corner to Accrington, which led to a header from Farrad Rawson going wide.

Town used the let-off to their avantage as they reclaimed their advantage on 48 minutes.  A quick break saw Jones find WOOLFORD and he finished well to register his first goal for the club.

The open start to the second half continued with an Accrington corner which was cleared by Collins after it had initially been played short.  The hosts kept possession though and they attacked again, with McConville firing an effort off-target.

Matt was shown a yellow card on 57 minutes after the referee lost patience with him following a string of fouls.

Another Accrington free kick was headed clear by Collins, before a cross was also deal with by the centre-back and a shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Rose.

That proved to be Rose's last action for the evening as he limped off to be replaced by Summerfield.

A low cross from Wilks proved just too far ahead of Jackson for the striker to get on the end of it, before Tyler Forbes replaced Jordan Thorniley in Accrington's first substitution.

Clarke had to head a cross behind for a corner on 63 minutes but the flag-kick came to nothing and Town's lead remained intact.

Dembele had an opportunity to make it 3-1 soon afterwards but a heavy first touch in a promising situation took the ball away from him and the chance was gone.

A foul on Dembele then gave the Mariners a free kick in an attacking area but Jones' shot from long range flew past the post.

Matt was crowded out as he looked to shoot as Town continued to attack, before Dembele went down inside the penalty area but no action was deemed necessary by the referee.

Dembele was booked for a foul on McConville but the resulting free kick was cleared from danger.

Jaiyesimi replaced Dembele soon afterwards, before Woolford turned inside the Accrington box but could only run the ball out for a goal kick.

Liam Nolan hit a powerful shot which McKeown did well to hold with 11 minutes left on the clock, before Vernon was sent on in place of the hardworking Matt in the Town attack for the remainder of the game.

Two Town corners came in quick succession but the Mariners were unable to make either count, before Accrington were also not able to profit from a free kick soon afterwards.

Nolan missed a chance for the home side with four minutes to go, before a free kick was well-watched by McKeown as it went out for a goal kick.

Five minutes of added time were signalled and a bad foul on Jaiyesimi earned Wilks a yellow card, before late Accrington attacks were dealt with by the Town defence as the Mariners closed out what could prove to be an important win.

Grimsby are next in action on Saturday, when Yeovil Town visit Blundell Park.

Accrington Stanley

1 Aaron Chapman 
4 Janoi Donacien 
12 Jordan Thorniley 
3 Mark Hughes 
27 Farrend Rawson 
28 Seamus Conneely (C) 
6 Liam Nolan 
11 Sean McConville 
10 Kayden Jackson 
29 Billy Kee 


13 Nathan Wolland 
2 Tyler Hornby-Forbes 
26 Callum Johnson 
20 Reagan Ogle 
15 Ross Sykes 
8 Scott Brown 
19 Mallik Wilks 


1 James McKeown
2 Ben Davies 
3 Paul Dixon 
6 Danny Collins 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
8 Mitch Rose 
27 Siriki Dembele 
7 James Berrett 
25 Martyn Woolford 
10 Sam Jones 
29 Jamille Matt 


30 Ben Killip 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 
19 Luke Summerfield 
17 Harry Cardwell 
9 JJ Hooper 
21 Scott Vernon

Attendance: 1,288 (295)

Referee: Robert Jones

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Ticket News

Accrington Tickets & Travel

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday's game.

11 September 2017

Capacity: 5,057 (2,000 seated)
Address: Livingstone Road, Accrington, BB5 5BX
Telephone: 01254 356 950
Pitch Size: 111 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Reds, Stanley
Year Ground Opened: 1968

Ticket News.

We have been sent 500 standing tickets and 176 seats for this fixture. However, tickets will be available on the night with no price increase.

Town fans will be housed in The Coppice End (closest to you as you arrive down the lane) which offers uncovered standing, with visiting fans also often given the choice of covered seating in the Whinney Hill Stand (on the far side as you arrive).

Adults £20.00
Senior Citizens (65+) £15.00
Students £15.00
Under 18’s £15.00
Under 12’s £5

Where to Eat & Drink.

There is a Club Bar at the ground, however this is for home fans only. The nearest pub is the Crown, which is just behind the ground on the main Whalley Road and welcomes all supporters. A little further down Whalley Road (five minutes walk in the direction of the motorway), is the Greyhound pub.

Food is served within the ground for visiting. The usual burgers and pies are always available.

How to get there.

Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and take the M65 towards Blackburn. Continue past Blackburn towards Accrington and leave the M65 at Junction 7. Then take the left hand exit at the roundabout onto the A6185 towards Clitheroe (this is in the opposite direction to Accrington).

At the first set of traffic lights turn right onto the A678, towards Padiham, and then at the next traffic lights, turn right onto the A680 towards Accrington. After about half a mile along the A680 you will pass the Crown pub on your left.


Take the next left into Livingstone Road and then an immediate left for the club car park. The car park is on the small size and costs £5 and as you would expect it fills up pretty quickly. Otherwise street parking.

Post Code for Sat-Nav: BB5 5BX

By Train.

Accrington Railway Station is about a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds.

Celebrity Watch.

Monkees singer and original Day Dream Believer Davy Jones hailed from these parts - well his aunties do anyway. The lead vocalist with rock legends Yes, Jon Anderson and The 4 Pennies (who had a number one smash with ‘Juliet’ in 1964) come from the town.

Worthless Fact: The lead singer of the 4 Pennies, Lionel Morton became a presenter on Play School. Accrington’s famous sons and daughters also include “look what you could have won” - Jim Bowen, Cricketer David Lloyd (an avid fan) and numerous world renowned actors from Coronation Street and Emmerdale (Farm).

Town's Kit.

Shirts: Blue
Shorts: Blue 
Socks: Blue

The Mariners Travel club are running a coach to this game.  To Book, call Terry Hall on 07716 094444 (after 6pm). 

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