Date: 20th October 2007 at 1:47pm
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ACCRINGTON STANLEY climbed back in to the top half of the Coca-Cola League Two table after a fantastic home victory over fellow ‘Relegation Battlers’ Macclesfield Town on Friday evening at The Fraser Eagle Stadium.

The game was the second Friday evening home game in three weeks, but thsi time the changed kick off time helped John Coleman’s men, with the last Friday game ending in a 2-0 defeat to Wrexham at The FES.

Everything seemed to be going well on the night though but after taking a 2-0 lead, Stanley suffered a second half scare when Macclesfield looked to be gathering momentum and scored twice in the space of two minutes. But Roscoe D’Sane stole D’Show again to give Accrington the three points.

D’Sane didn’t start the game as well as he would have hoped and when the ball found it’s way to him in the fifth minute, the big man fired wide, but don’t worry he improved in the second half.

Green had a shot fantastically saved by Dunbavin, before pumping the ball straight up the other end only to see Paul Mullin fire the ball over the crossbar and into the travelling Macclesfield fans behind the goal.

Robbie Williams forced Tommy Lee into a low smart stop minuted before the Half-Time break, before Mullin nodded the ball over from close range.

The game went in to Half-Time with a goalless scoreline, but after the Half-Time break the game exploded into life. D’Sane picked up the ball just outside of Macclesfield stopper Tommy Lee’s area before cooly netting the ball to send the loyal Accrington supporters into raptures.

Three minutes later and veteran Paul Mullin doubled the advantage, tapping in John Miles’ low cross into the box, which evaded the Silkmen’s defence and keeper. The goal was Mullin’s seventh of the season in all competitions.

Lee then denied Miles from adding to the scoreline with a great stop. Lee’s counterpart, Ian Dunbavin, who is standing in for Kenny Arthur who has fractured his fibula bone was having a relitively quiet game. But that was all about to change.

After withstanding an Accrington bombardment, Macclesfield started to pull their selves back in to the contest and hit back when Graham Branch, who is really struggling this season defensively, hauled down Francis Green in the box and upstepped Kevin McIntyre, who made no mistake from the spot.

Two minutes later and Stanley fans must have been thinking that their side were going to throw it all away when Town bagged an equaliser. Gareth Evans powered his free header from a corner kick, in to the top left of Dunbavin’s net to leave the scores level, with just over 15 minutes remaining on the clock.

But I didn’t single out Roscoe D’Sane for praise for no reason. Stanley regained their lead straight from the kick off, John Miles pumping the ball straight down the middle of the pitch to meet an on rushing D’Sane who put off the keeper and the back four, as the ball bounced over everybody’s heads before falling neatly at the big striker’s feet.

But he didn’t just tap it in to the net. No, he did it in style. Dribbling the ball to the line before getting down on his hands and knees to nod the ball home. A fantastic conclusion to the evening.

Accrington Stanley: Dunbavin, Cavanagh, Richardson, Williams, Roberts, Miles (Boco 79), Branch, Proctor, Harris, D’Sane, Mullin.
Subs Not Used: Fearon, McEvilly, McGivern, Webb.

Booked: Cavanagh, Harris.

Goals: D’Sane 51, Mullin 54, D’Sane 74.

Macclesfield: Lee, Edghill, Morley (Regan 64), McNulty, McIntyre, Thomas, Murray, Dunfield, Levi Reid (Evans 64), Green, Gritton.
Subs Not Used: Brain, Wiles, Tolley.

Booked: McNulty, McIntyre.

Goals: McIntyre 71 pen, Evans 73.

Att: 1,792

Ref: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire)