Date: 12th August 2007 at 3:56pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley kicked off their second season in the Football League in style with a fantastic single goal victory over Promotion fancies Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Paul Mullin proved yet again to be the Reds’ saviour as he bagged shortly after Half-Time to leave Stanley heading back up North with all three points. A clean sheet is also a welcomed sight for all Stanley fans, as John Coleman’s side conceded over 80 times last season.

Stanley handed debuts to Kenny Arthur,John Miles,Mark Roberts, Graham Branch and Lee McEvilly. Striker Roscoe D’Sane and midfielder Paul Carden missed out through injury after signing from AFC Wimbledon and Burton Albion respectively.

Wycombe had the stronger First Half performance in the sun drenched season opener, but Stanley’s revitalised back four held firm and kept the Wanderers from opening the scoring.

The Adams Park club dominated the opening proceedings and almost found the back of the net afer just 10 minutes. But one of Wycombe’s seven debutants, John Sutton smashed his half volley from Scott McGleish’s cross straight at Arthur in the Stanley goal. Sutton had yet another chance after Robbie Williams was judged to have fouled McGleish on the edge of the area, but his very poor free-kick was fired in to the wall.

Stanley had their turn to attack late on in the First Half but Lee McEvilly, who re-joined Accrington two weeks ago following his release from Wrexham, fired his angled shot narrowly over the crossbar and into the stand behind the goal.

HALF-TIME: Wycombe 0-0 Accrington

The Second Half started much like the first as the sun took its toll on the game which was bringing the curtain up on the new season. Accrington did get involved into the game more though and not long into the Second Period they grabbed the lead.

It came from something Accrington fans don’t see much, a perfected set-piece. New boy Miles floating the ball in from a corner kick, for it to be met by last seasons top scorer Paul Mullin at the near post, and a shock lead for the Reds. The goal sparked mass celebrations both on the pitch with the players and off the field with the visiting support.

Benin International Rommy Boco nearly made it two, but his palm stinging shot was knocked over the Wycombe crossbar by Wanderers’ stopper Scott Shearer. Ten minutes later on 75minutes Stanley had the ball in the back of the net for the second time but Jay Harris’ tap in was ruled out for offside by the linesman.

Stanley held on and recorded a opening day win and secured three points, which leaves them fifth in the League Two table after the first game.

John Coleman now takes his side back to the Fraser Eagle Stadium for the first home back of the 2007/08 season, when Stanley take on Championship side Leicester City in the First Round of the Carling Cup.