Date: 18th October 2008 at 9:09pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley grabbed their first win in nine games at Kenilworth Road, thanks to goals from veteran Paul Mullin and Tranmere Rovers loanee Terry Gornell.

John Coleman had the option of two new faces for the long trip south, following the midweek captures of Peterborough defender Keiron Charnock and Rochdale winger Kallum Higginbotham. But only one of them got to star in the win, with Charnock featuring at the heart of the Stanley back four following the suspension of captain Peter Cavanagh.

Higginbotham was named amongst the substitutes but wasn’t introduced into the game as Coleman instead opted to bring on… Nobody! Andrew Proctor, Jay Bell, Andrew Smith and Higginbotham were all left on the bench for the 90minutes along with goalkeeping coach Jamie Speare who was named instead of an injured Ian Dunbavin.

In the Luton lineup was former Burnley midfielder Garreth O’Connor who was released in the summer by the Clarets, but he didn’t last long, being replaced by former Coventry man Wayne Andrews who signed until January last week. There was also a start upfront for Middlesborough loanee Tom Craddock, also making his Hatters debut.

Jimmy Ryan, who has been in a fantastic vein of form recently added another assist to his tally, as he swung the ball accross fantastically for Mullin to nod home after just 16minutes in Luton.

But 20 minutes later and the Reds were back to square one as once again a side came from behind, but this wasn’t a repeat of the horrific showing against Bradford City. Asa Hall was on the end of Jake Howells cross to smash home the volley which John Coleman later described as ‘a goal that wouldn’t have gone in if he had of hit it cleanly’. This comment was made after the ball appeared to deflect of the shinpad of hall before lobbing Scot Kenny Arthur.

Gornell grabbed his second goal in as many games though just after the half time brake after the two Mullin’s combined perfectly. John swung the ball over from a free kick for Paul to nod down to the feet of the Wirral youngster who converted from six yards.

This win certainly needs a verse of… CART ON STANLEY CART ON, THERE WILL ONLY EVER BE ONE… ACCRINGTON STANLEY, CART ON STANLEY CART ON!

Luton: Logan, Spillane, Howells, Roper, Worley, Keane, O’Connor (Andrews 24), Hall, Jarvis (McVeigh 71), Martin, Craddock.
Subs Not Used: Brill, Davis, Patrick.

Booked: Spillane.

Goals: Hall 34.

Accrington Stanley: Arthur, King, Murdock, Charnock, Edwards, Miles, Ryan, John Mullin, Griffiths, Paul Mullin, Gornell.
Subs Not Used: Speare, Procter, Bell, Smith, Higginbotham.

Booked: Charnock, Griffiths, Gornell.

Goals: Paul Mullin 16, Gornell 54.

Att: 5,492

Ref: Jarnail Singh (Middlesex).