Date: 18th March 2008 at 5:22pm
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ACCRINGTON STANLEY fell to yet another defeat, as the slip towards the bottom two continues. John Coleman will be thanking the positive start his side made to the season, as without it the club would most likely be battling relegation.

The reds sit twelve points clear of the drop zone in 15th place after the defeat at Spotlands. But with just eight games remaining, a relegation scrap isn’t likely, but Coleman is still left nervously looking over his shoulder.

Adam Le Fondre proved to be the vital difference between the two sides, as the travelled front man netted on three occassions, to send Rochdale within touching distance of the Play-Offs with three games in hand.

Accrington deserved the first half lead that was handed to them by Shaun Whalley just after half an hour, as a Leam Richardson long ball from midfield was alowed to drop in the area, which Whalley speeded on to to slot past keeper James Spencer.

Jay Harris gifted Dale a route back in to a game in which they had been well and truely been played off the park. Harris brought down Rochdale skipper Gary Jones, and upstepped Le Fondre to slot home the first of his triple.

The game was completely turned on it’s head in the second half, with Rochdale dominating proceedings, and just three minutes after the restart Dale doubled their lead, as Jones smashed the ball past Kenny Arthur in the Stanley goal, following David Perkins’ fantastic run to the by-line.

Step forward Mr. Le Fondre. Chris Basham perfectly picked out the deadly striker, who easily nodded the ball home, before completing the scoring with seven minutes remaining, with a neat finish from around six yards.

ROCHDALE: Spencer, Ramsden, Stanton, McArdle, Kennedy, Basham (Muirhead 88), Jones (Doolan 87), Perkins, Rundle, Le Frondre (Thompson 89), Howe.

Unused: Buckley, Holness.

ACCRINGTON STANLEY: Arthur, Edwards, Roberts (McGivern 78), Kempson, Thomas, Richardson, Whalley, Harris (Todd 70), Mannix (Mangan 54), Craney, Mullin.

Unused: Dunbavin, Webb.