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Classic encounters: Accrington Stanley

1 December 2020

Re-live classic encounters between Shrewsbury Town and Accrington Stanley!

Town welcome Accrington Stanley at the Montgomery Waters Meadow for a midweek clash in Sky Bet League One.

Take a look back at previous meetings between the two sides as they prepare for their 20th meeting with one another.

League Two, Greenhous Meadow, Tuesday 19 August 2014: Shrewsbury Town 4-0 Accrington Stanley.

Shrewsbury Town put on an attacking masterclass at the Greenhous Meadow tonight as they systematically ripped apart beleaguered visitors Accrington Stanley.

Andy Mangan scored a goal in each half with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro scoring from the penalty spot, just before Connor Goldson lashed in a third in the last minute of the first half.

Stanley were reduced to ten men when their unfortunate goalkeeper, Luke Simpson - who won’t have had many worse evenings – was dismissed in the incident leading to the 44thminute penalty.

It was a backs-to-the-wall policy adopted by the Lancastrians in the second period with Town eventually winning at a canter.

In the opening exchanges, Town had a couple of efforts on goal with Mangan almost catching out Luke Simpson with a flick on that the keeper got lucky from as he was way off his line.

He wouldn’t get lucky a second time. In the seventh minute – and just after Will Hatfield had gone ever so close with a 25 yarder - what looked like a routine clearance for the Stanley stopper ended in disaster as Mangan went to close down space.

The keeper struck the ball against the unsuspecting Town forward and it rebounded straight back into the unguarded goal to put the hosts in front. However fortuitous the outcome, they all count and Mangan had a second goal in blue and amber colours after his late contribution at the weekend.

Mellon made two more changes in the last third of the game with James Caton and Woods getting game time for Vincent and James Wesolowski, with both worthy of warm applause as they came off the field.

Shrewsbury picked up their second home win in four days to go third as a third straight defeat plunged 10-man Stanley to the bottom of the League Two table.

Town: Jayson Leutwiler, Liam Lawrence (c), Jordan Clark (Andy Robinson, 63), Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Mickey Demetriou, Ashley Vincent (James Caton, 70), James Wesolowski (Ryan Woods, 75), Cameron Gayle, Andy Mangan, Connor Goldson, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Subs not used: Mark Halstead, Jermaine Grandison, Scott Vernon, James Collins

Accrington Stanley: Luke Simpson, Luke Joyce (c), Tom Aldred, Dean Winnard, Josh Windass, James Gray (Marcus Carver, 75), Will Hatfield (Cal Naismith, 80), Piero Mingoia, Nicky Hunt, Jordan Mustoe, George Bowerman (Jay Lynch, 44)

Subs not used: Shay McCartan, Liam Goulding, James Alabi, Rob Atkinson

Att: 4,298 (54 from Accrington)

League One, Montgomery Waters Meadow, Saturday 6 October 2018: Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

Town earn a 1-0 victory against 10 men Accrington Stanley.

The first 10 minutes started similar to many previous Town fixtures, with both teams battling it out in the middle of the park to retain possession. Anthony Grant and Josh Laurent were doing well to physically impose themselves on the game.

In the 15th minute Stanley keeper Connor Ripley was shown a red card by referee Andy Woolmer. The keeper rushed from his line towards the on-coming Lee Angol, missing the ball and flattening Town’s striker – denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

After the red card Town were the team in the ascendancy. Grant was doing well to spray the ball around the pitch, creating chances for Askey’s men. Alex Gilliead and Shaun Whalley were also being a constant threat to the visitor’s fullbacks, but Town couldn’t break the deadlock.

Town finally broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute through Gilliead, after pilling consistent pressure on the Reds defence. A perfect crossed delivery from Whalley found the midfielder at the back post and Gilliead headed the ball into the top right-hand corner of the goal, giving Jonny Maxted no chance.

Whalley was inches away from putting the tie to bed in the 86th minute. Whalley broke down the right flank and let off a shot towards Maxted, the winger’s effort beat the keeper but narrowly went the wrong side of the woodwork.

Another very important victory at home in the League One season as Town’s relentless pressure finally paid off with an Alex Gilliead strike.

Town: Joel Coleman, Josh Emmanuel, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Lee Angol, Alex Gilliead, Luke Waterfall, Josh Laurent, Ollie Norburn, Anthony Grant (Fejiri Okenabirhie, 60).

Subs: Steve Arnold, Kieran Kennedy, Greg Docherty, Fejiri Okenabirhie, James Bolton, Lenell John-Lewis, Ryan Barnett.

Stanley: Connor Ripley, Callum Johnson (Offrande Zanzala, 66), Mark Hughes, Michael Ihiekwe, Jordan Clark, Scott Brown, Sean McConville, Sam Finley (Jonny Maxted, 15), Nick Anderton, Daniel Barlaser, Billy Kee.

Subs: Jonny Maxted, Ben Richard-Everton, Liam Nolan, Offrande Zanzala, Connor Hall, Ross Sykes, Piero Mingoia.

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