Date: 28th April 2007 at 8:08pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley are a Football League team for a further season following a fifth consecutive home victory.
Stanley went in to the game knowing they had to get a result, because the last game of the season is a tough trip to The National Hockey Stadium, home of MK Dons.
I was in the ground and in my seat taking notes over an hour before kick off, the ground was almost empty at that time, but the tension could still be felt around the ground.
The Fraser Eagle Stadium started to fill with the ever proud supporters of Accrington Stanley, and soon the Stanley Ultra`s in the Clayton End had found their voice.
Macclesfield Town had supplied free coaches for their fans to travel to East Lancashire, little did the Stanley fans know, but they had also brought great pre-match entertainment.
Light blue balloons, what a pleasure they was to watch as they glided around the pitch.
The balloons actually showed more footballing skills than Macclesfield`s front man Rankin.
It wasn`t long until Rankin started to show his poor theatricals, as he was on the floor within a minute, he picked his spot well though you have to give him that, as he fell on the edge of the area.
Stanley`s first chance came just a few minutes later, Paul Mullin nodding Peter Cavanagh`s long ball down to the feet of Rommy Boco who laid off Andy Todd, but the cross that came with it was blocked out for a corner.
The corner was very poor though, and Macclesfield`s shot stopper collected with ease.
Todd was at the centre of the action once again, this time though he found himself clean through on goal, but as the defender came across he opted to take the ball out wide, when a shot seemed the better option.
It got Stanley another corner though, as his cross was deflected behind.
The corner fell straight to Godwin Antwi, who knocked the ball back in to the box, but Robbie ‘Rocky` Williams put the ball wide.
Sean Doherty crunched the ball against the crossbar from the edge of the area, it was judged that the ball to have taken a deflection on the way.
And all of Stanley`s pressure paid off from the resulting corner, Doherty drove the ball in to the box and there was Williams who nodded the ball home unmarked.
VitalStanley`s Young Player of the Year, Jay Harris almost got his name on the score sheet, but his spectacular 30-yard drive dipped too late as it fell just behind the Macclesfield ‘keeper`s net.
Phil Edwards was booked as he took out Rankin, certain sections of the Stanley faithful labelled Rankin a “cheat” and a “diver” although it was clear to see that Edwards was late with his challenge.
Paul Ince`s outfit pulled back level on 30minutes as Miles scored the first of what turned out to be a first-half brace for the midfielder.
Miles drilled the ball in to David Martin`s bottom right hand corner and his second goal was identical, as he once again beat Martin down to his right.
Stanley found themselves trailing for the first time in the game, as nerves began to set in.
Banter with Rankin started from the supporter`s in the Main Stand near my press box, with a very random phrase coming from an elderly chap next to me, “You went down like a sack of nuts”.
Credit where credit is due, Rankin didn`t react angrily as he was taunted, he simply laughed and carried on with the task ahead of him.
Edward`s limped off with a hamstring problem, with Michael Welch replacing him at centre back.
Soon after a second first-half substitution came from John Coleman, as Doherty made way for Shaun Whalley, who was making his return from injury, the reasoning behind the change still confuses me.
Andy Proctor headed home a inch perfect Whalley corner just seconds before the half-time whistle to draw Stanley equal.

HALF-TIME: STANLEY 2-2 MACCLESFIELD

Half Time meant the great entertainment that 99.8FM 2BR always lay on.
The winner of the draw got chance to take a crack at the Cross Bar Challenge, and what a laugh he was to watch.
The failed to get any of his three attempts off the ground, so out came a contestant from the Stanley Ultras behind the goal.
He was almost as good as his predecessor, his first attempt failing to leave the floor, and with his other two kicks he nearly decapitated someone in the stand behind the goal.
Now the laugh had finished, it was back to business as the teams jogged out for the second-half.
It took just three minutes after the re-start for the Reds to go back in to the lead, as Proctor netted his second.
His shot finding the top corner perfectly, the chance came after Welch`s failed long range shot fell to the feet of Mullin who threaded the ball to Proctor on the edge of the area.
News started to come through that Torquay were beating Boston and of how Wrexham were getting beat 1-0 at Walsall, the tension grew in the stadium as the climax of the games drew ever closer.
Whalley once again showed off his trickery as he took on Macclesfield defender Scott with ease before laying the ball to Harris, who scuffed his shot well wide of the goal.
The Fraser Eagle Stadium erupted as the final whistle blew after a nerve racking 3 added minutes, Stanley are safe!
Boston had pulled a goal back to draw at home to Torquay, but they are still in the bottom two going in to the last game of the season. It is a four way race to avoid relegation now, Bury, Boston, Macclesfield and Wrexham can all mathematically go down.
Boston face Wrexham on the last day of the season knowing anything but a win leads to relegation.