Talk of the Stanley
Accrington Stanley 1-0 Blackpool
By Martyn Robinson
August 1 2006


The Beaten Club

Accrington Stanley beat League One outfit Blackpool by one goal to nil at The Fraser Eagle Stadium. After two games in two days and two wins in two days, Stanley can go into their Scottish tour with confidence. Youngster Jay Harris scored the Stanley goal after bursting clear of the Pool defence.

Accrington Stanley beat League One outfit Blackpool by one goal to nil at The Fraser Eagle Stadium. After two games in two days and two wins in two days, Stanley can go into their Scottish tour with confidence. Youngster Jay Harris scored the Stanley goal after bursting clear of the Pool defence.

Blackpool's squad however was a mixed package with a number of trialists making up the squad. The Seasiders dominated most of the game  but as their more experienced players where withdrawn they slipped after a great goal from Stanley youngster Jay Harris.

After dominating the first half it was the Tangerine's who had the first clear cut chance with Ciaran Donnelley's pin point free kick on the ten minute mark saw young Pool defender Matt Lawlor head the ball goalwards but was denied but on-loan Stanley 'keeper Rob Elliott was equal to it. Moments later Sean Paterson headed just wide following a great cross from former Red Rory Prendergast.

Stanley's first chance came from January signing Andrew Todd, the former Burton Albion man saw his shot blocked by Lee Jones, the rebound fell back to Todd but he headed high over the bar. The second came from Former Blackpool striker Andrew Mangan but he fired over 20 minutes in after a great ball over the Pool back four.

He best chance of the half however fell to the returning striker Paul Mullin but he scuffed his shot and watched it wide of the post from just 6 yards out.

The second half saw the highly rated midfielder Gary Roberts come into action for the second time in two days as he played in the 4-1 win over Northwich Victoria the night before, he came on to replace Paul Mullin.

Blackpool had a strong penalty appeal turned down on 50 minutes when Jamie Burns appeared to be fouled inside the area. But it was Stanley who broke the deadlock just moments later when Jay Harris burst free of the Pool defence before giving Lee Jones no chance with a great finish.

Thats how the game ended so three wins out of six means a mixed pre-season for Stanley and now head up to Scotland to play two games against Partick Thistle and East Fife.

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