Date: 22nd October 2008 at 12:30pm
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A SECOND consecutive win was Accrington Stanley’s fate on Tuesday evening as high flying Shrewsbury Town felt the wrath of a Stanley side who were fighting for their second win in ten games.

The week has proved to be a very good one for officials at Accrington, who before Saturday hasn’t seen a win in eight games, then just like the busses in the town centre, two came at once.

John Coleman welcomed Robbie Williams back into the side following his suspension and he replaced Colin Murdock in the side, who dropped the bench, but he wasn’t there long as he replaced the injured Phil Edwards after 18 minutes at the Fraser EAGLE Stadium.

And Stanley couldn’t have started the game better, and opened the scoring after just 72 seconds in East Lancashire through Tranmere Rovers loanee Terry Gornell who has now found the back of the net in each of his last three games.

This stunned Paul Simpson’s Shrewsbury side who had not lost in their last seven league games, and had scored a total of 12 goals in their last three games, and soon Stanley had doubled their advantage.

Paul Mullin popped up for Stanley’s second of the game after six minutes, nodding home John Miles’ ball into the box after the right wingers break down the flank, as the Reds were put firmly in control.

Mullin almost added a third for Stanley after just eight minutes but this time Luke Daniels was equal to it, but Coleman’s boys were pushing to stretch their lead and the crowd appreciated it.

Shane Sherriff almost pulled a goal back for Town but his shot was high and wide of Kenny Arthur’s goal when a more convicted finish would have almost certainly slashed the home side’s lead.

Phil Edwards and John Miles both had chances to add Stanley’s hattrick but it wasn’t to be as Daniels made ammends for the first six minutes.

Just as the referee was due to blow for half time Benjamin Davies broke through but fired wide of Arthur’s net, when an effort on target could have unnerved Stanley going into the half time brake.

Half Time: Accrington Stanley 2-0 Shrewsbury Town

Miles went close again, but for a second time Daniels saved well down to his left, before Grant Holt’s power packed header was tipped over well by Scottish giant Arthur.

Chris King almost scored his first goal for Accrington since his summer switch from Welsh Premier outfit Total Network Solutions, but his shot was fired wide. But then Davies popped up with a goal that was totally undeserved in the 67th minute.

But it was proved to be a mere consolation goal as Coleman’s men hung on for their fouth win of the season and their second in two. Stanley now sit 14th in the Coca-Cola League Two table.

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ACCRINGTON STANLEY: Arthur, Edwards (Murdock 18), Williams, Charnock, King, Ryan, John Mullin, Griffiths, Miles, Gornell (Higginbotham 69), Paul Mullin.
Subs Not Used: Speare, Clarke, Procter.

Booked: Ryan.

Goals: Gornell 2, Paul Mullin 6.

SHREWSBURY TOWN: Daniels, Herd, Jackson, Coughlan, Tierney (Walker 56), Sigurdsson, Cansdell-Sherriff, McIntyre, Davies, Hibbert (Humphrey 56), Holt.
Subs Not Used: Garner, Ashton, Langmead.

Booked: Holt.

Goals: Davies 67.

Att: 1,249

Ref: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire).