Date: 14th April 2007 at 5:19pm
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A Paul Mullin goal on his landmark appearance got the ball rolling for Stanley. Mullin scored his 172nd goal for Stanley on the day that he broke the Stanley record for appearances. 362 Appearances for Mullin, who was replaced late on by leighton McGivern to a standing ovation.

Grimsby equalised just seven minutes later through a Tom Newey free-kick. On-loan defeder Godwin Antwi fouled on the edge of the area, and Newey stepped up to slot his free-kick in to David Martin’s bottom right hand corner.

The Marriners’ equality didn’t last long though. Andrew Proctor’s goal bound header was palmed off the line by Grimsby defender Gary Croft, who was instantly red carded for deliberate hand ball. A penalty kick followed, and when Andy Todd picked the ball up to take the kick, I personally took a massive gulp of the beer I had stored in the shade under neath my seat. Tody had, ad a shocker of a game up until that point and I wouldn’t have put him as prime candidate for the spot kick. He proved me wrong though, smashed his penalty in to the roof of Barnes’ net. Stanley with the half time lead at the Fraser Eagle.

HALF-TIME: Stanley 2-1 Grimsby Town

The teams trotted back in to the rare Lancashire sun for the second half as fans began to file back to their seats.

As I said before, Andy Todd seemed to improve after his goal, and he continued to impress me in to the second half. This time he went on a run down the right wing, which he has made his own in recent months. He took the ball past Newey with ease, as he turned on his pace and skill, before whipping in the prefect ball to the arriving Sean Doherty. Doherty slotted the ball home from three-yards to almost secure the unlikely Stanley win. Doherty returned from a trial spell with Championship outfit Ipswich last week, and it’s a good job he did.

The unlikely Stanley win became even more fairytale like in the 88th minute as Peter Cavanagh’s goal meant Stanley, had a 4-1 home win over Grimsby Town. Substitute David Brown made a fantastic run down the wing before he slid the ball in to the penalty area for the on rushing Cavanagh to side foot the ball home, wrong footing the ‘keeper.

Had the hot Lancashire sun’s rarety gone to my head? Was I seeing things? Accrington Stanley 4-1 Grimsby Town? I had to slap myself, to see if I was dreaming. I wasn’t dreaming! And my face is still hurting now.

Bring on Shrewsbury next Saturday!