Date: 3rd August 2014 at 4:00pm
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Accrington Stanley wrapped up our pre season preparations for the coming season with a two nil victory over Conference North newcomers Chorley.

Goals came courtesy of James Gray and Josh Windass in the game, and it’s now a case of all eyes onto Southend United on the opening day next weekend.

Manager James Beattie took the opportunity to cast an eye over trialist goalkeeper Luke Simpson who was formerly with Oldham, but otherwise it was the starting line up you would’ve expected.

Chorley started brightest in the game, but as the first half wore on Stanley came more into it and started to dominate spells, creating a number of good chances as we went and we would’ve opened the scoring earlier had it not been for the form of their goalkeeper.

He was finally beaten though as Gray connected with a Piero Mingoia delivery in the 28th minute, and Windass almost immediately doubled our advantage with a cheeky chip that sailed narrowly over the bar, but as the half ended Simpson showed his worth as Chorley looked to level the scores.

The opposition made a number of changes in the half time break, but we got our noses further in front after 56 minutes when Windass made up for the earlier miss and put the ball in the net.

As Windass scored from a deflected Kal Naismith cross, it was Naismith’s turn to try a lob but he put that over the bar despite it being an open goal.


Simpson, Buxton, Aldred, Winnard, Liddle, Mingoia, Joyce, Hunt, Windass, Naismith, Gray.

Subs used:

Ormerod (70), Carver (70), Goulding (83), Wort (last few minutes).

Subs not used:

McCartan, Jenkins, Martin, Atkinson, Bowerman.


Ashton, Ross, Dodd, Teague, Smyth, Cottrell, Hine, Roscoe, Stephenson, Dorney, Jarvis.


Jacobs, Winter, Almond, Esclaine-Binney, Jansen, Grundy.