Date: 8th November 2008 at 5:29pm
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JOHN Coleman’s Accrington Stanley will have to face Tranmere Rovers for a third time this season after a goalless draw in the First Round of the FA Cup in East Lancashire.

The Reds first met Rovers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in the First Round, where they were dumped out of the competition via a 1-0 defeat at Prenton Park, and Stanley will be there again later this month hoping to progress to the Second Round of the Football Association Cup.

The FA Cup is the latest competition to opt for the seven substitutes rule, and so with goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin still injured goalkeeping coach Jamie Speare continued on the bench alongside Blackburn loanee Jamie Clarke, who has been a key topic of discussion.

With Stanley opting for a Paul Mullin, Rostyn Griffiths partnership up top of late, Clarke has been frozen out on the bench and Rovers gaffer Paul Ince who rates the young striker highly is thought to be considering recalling Clarke who he thinks could be playing first team football elsewhere in the Football League.

John Mullin started in central midfield against the club that he left last term, whilst Tranmere started with former Burnley stars Danny Coyne and Ian Moore who are well known in this part of Lancashire.

The opening to the game was a frantic one to say the least, and it was Stanley who started the better of the two sides and were unlucky not to have snatched the lead after just nine minutes when Jimmy Ryan’s right foot bulleted volley narrowly missed Coyne’s goal, looping into the Tranmere faithful behind the goal.

Ryan was straight into the thick of the action again just a minute later when he rather bizarreley hit the ball back to his own net from the half way line with power, almost catching Kenny Arthur unaware as the big Scot was rooted to the sport, but the ball skimmed just wide of the post.

Into the second half and John Miles had a golden opportunity to put the ball in the back of Welsh Interntional Coyne’s net, back after a fantastic burst down the left hand side and finding his way into the penalty area, Miles tried to put the ball accross the face of goal to find the arriving Andrew Procter but the ball was cut out when the shot would have been the better option.

Substitute Chris Greenacre almost set up Bas Savage late on, but Savage’s shot looped over the crossbar and the curtain came down on a 0-0 draw and a replay will have to be played. We will have information on that as soon as we get it.

Accrington Stanley: Arthur, King, Proctor, Miles, Paul Mullin, Edwards, Ryan (Richardson 67), Williams, John Mullin, Griffiths, Charnock. Substitutes not used: Speare, Murdock, Clarke, Bell, Smith, Turner.

Yellow cards: Proctor (61).

Tranmere: Coyne, Shotton, Chorley, Kay, Taylor, Moore, Jennings, Barnett, Edds (Greenacre 67), Shuker, Savage. Substitutes not used: Achterberg, Antwi, Henry, Sonko, Holmes, Cresswell.

Yellow cards: Savage (89)

Referee: Trevor Kettle