Date: 8th November 2007 at 9:45am
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IAN Craney grabbed Accrington Stanley the three points and the bragging rights in the first Lancashire derby between the two sides in the Football League.

On-Loan Craney’s goal came after just 13 minutes at Christie Park, with a in swinging free kick which evaded everyone in the box to go on to beat the keeper Steven Drench.

Defender Mark Roberts came closest for Stanley, flashing this ferocious volley against Drench’s crossbar, before Roscoe D’Sane who has been in fantastic form of late, raced clear only to see his effort cleared off the line by Jim Bentley.

Roberts again was stopped, this time Drench showing his acrabatic skills to tip the former Northwich Victoria and Crewe man’s head around the post, as the Shimps failed to get another corner clear.

Then Craney strook. The former Stanley man, who has returned to The Fraser Eagle on loan swung the ball in to the box, but as Ryan Cresswell failed to get a head to the ball in bounced through, suprising Drench as it flew into the back of the net.

Morecambe could have pulled the scoring level when former Blackpool youngster Matty Blinkhorn rose highest to connect with a Carl Baker corner kick, but Blinkhorn’s effort was well saved by stand in stopper Ian Dunbavin, who is in the squad in place of the injured Kenny Arthur.

It was the first of many fantastic saves by the former Morecambe stopper, as he excellently blocked Wayne Curtis on the stroke of half-time, but his best was yet to come.

Half-Time: Morcambe 0-1 Accrington Stanley (Craney 13)

As the secong period began in a firey Lancashire derby, Dunbavin was again called in to action, this time superbly tipping a goal bound free-kick from Baker, to keep Stanley’s lead firmly in tacked.

A second half which was dominated by The Shrimps started to take effect, with skipper Peter Cavanagh making key challenges, before midielder Jay Harris was called in to action, clearing Jim Bentley’s header off the line, with Dunbavin well beaten.

Both Cresswell and Baker were unlucky not to get the Shrimps on the scoresheet, with Cresswell firing his volley over from close range before Baker’s neat effort beat Dunbavin before beating the far post to go wide.

It just wasn’t Morecambe’s night though and John Coleman’s Stanley hung on to collect three points which sees them climb up to 10th in League Two, a fantastic three points off the back of a demoralising defeat to Notts County.

Morecambe: Drench, Yates, Bentley, Cresswell, Adams, Thompson, Sorvel (Hunter 90), Stanley, Baker (Artell 87), Blinkhorn (Newby 79), Curtis.

Subs Not Used: Scott Davies, Allen.

Booked: Bentley.

Accrington Stanley: Dunbavin, Williams, Webb, Roberts, Cavanagh, Harris, Proctor, Craney, Branch (McEvilly 76), D’Sane, Mullin.

Subs Not Used: Fearon, Whalley, Brown, McGivern.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).