Date: 5th April 2010 at 4:54pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley have this afternoon fell to a fifth consecutive defeat as they threw away a half-time two goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Grimsby Town.

On-loan Leicester City front man Billy Kee nodded John Coleman’s Stanley side in front from close range after a great ball into the box from Chris Turner on 38 minutes, before the lead was doubled just minutes before half-time.

This time it was the returning top scorer Michael Symes, who was making his first appearance since being red carded in the derby day defeat to Rochdale. Symes picked the ball up inside the Grimsby penalty area and kept his head to slot the ball home into the bottom corner.

What a first half. Just what we needed after four defeats on the bounce.

I don’t think we really need to talk about the second half in great detail.

It all went pear shaped.

Five second half minutes is all it took for relegation threatened Grimsby to snatch all three points and almost certainly end Accrington Stanley’s Play-Off hopes and dreams.

The first came on 55 minutes as Michael Coulson swung the ball into the area for Mark Hudson to lose his marker and nod home from inside the six-yard box.

Three minutes later and Coulson had his name on the scoresheet, curling a free kick into the top left hand corner of Dean Bouzanis’ goal to bring the Mariners level, and it got worse on the hour mark as Jamie Devitt scores from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal.

Not good. But at least the weekends results saw that Accrington Stanley can not be mathematically relegated meaning that we are set for a fifth season in the Football League. But it looks like it will be League Two and not One after this defeat.

Full report to follow soon…