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PREVIEW | Accrington Stanley v Yeovil Town

Glovers out to spoil Stanley's party and secure safety

16 April 2018

Sam Surridge runs with the ball PPAUK

The Glovers head to Accrington on Tuesday night looking to deny the table-toppers the chance to secure promotion and c their own league status.

Sitting at the top of Sky Bet League Two, John Coleman's side need a victory to ensure their automatic promotion after Exeter held them to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. 

Conversely, a Yeovil win coupled with a Chesterfield loss at Exeter will confirm Sky Bet League Two status for another season with four games remaining.

Town have become accustomed to frustrating the division's play-off hopefuls in the last six matches, picking up wins against Colchester and Coventry as well as draws with Exeter and Swindon. 

Looking to do the same again, Darren Way's side head to Lancashire looking to keep Stanley's champagne on ice for a second successive match. 

After suffering a narrow defeat at home to high-flying Wycombe on Saturday, the Green & Whites will be aiming to stretch their unbeaten run on the road to five matches. 

The Glovers are unlikely to be boosted by the return of Sam Surridge (hamstring), with Artur Krysiak, James Bailey, Dan Alfei (all knee) and Jake Gray (ankle) remaining sidelined. Nathan Smith has returned to training but the trip may come too soon.

Striving to get Accrington over the line, striker Billy Kee (22 goals) will provide the likeliest threat with Kayden Jackson boasting a healthy 14 goals. 

Head-to-head
Town will be looking to add to their three wins and three draws from the seven previous encounters.

However, Yeovil are yet to pick up a victory at the Wham Stadium boasting two draws and a loss, one of which in the Emirates FA Cup. 

Last season in the same fixture, Rommy Boco's 90th minute equaliser cancelled out Otis Khan's free-kick.

Officials
Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night.

Taking charge of predominantly Championship matches this season, Mr Martin will officiate his first match involving the Glovers since the 2-2 draw at Barnet in March last season.

He'll be assisted by Jonathan Hunt (Merseyside) and David Avent (Northamptonshire) with Robert Jones (Merseyside) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.   

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REPORT | Accrington Stanley 2-0 Yeovil Town

Hosts confirm promotion as Town suffer first defeat in five on the road

17 April 2018

Billy Kee heads a ball goalwards Shutterstock

The Glovers suffered their first defeat in five on the road as Accrington Stanley secured promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

After a bright start which saw Rhys Browne almost open the scoring, a quickfire double from Billy Kee midway through the half left Town deflated at the break.

Looking to ensure the three points Stanley penned the visitors back for much of the second half, but a string of saves from Jonny Maddison kept it at 2-0 as Town rallied in the final quarter-of-an-hour. 

Alex Fisher went close to reducing the deficit late on but the hosts held on to confirm promotion to the third tier for the first time in their history.

Pleased with the performance against Wycombe at the weekend despite the narrow 1-0 defeat, Darren Way stuck with the same starting eleven for the trip to Lancashire. 

Knowing mathematical safety could be achieved with a third away win in four and a winless night for Chesterfield at Exeter, there was just one change to the matchday 18 as Connor Smith took a seat amongst the substitutes in place of loanee Corey Whelan.

In an expectant party atmosphere, the Glovers looked to subdue the sell-out home crowd and started on the front foot.

With just three minutes on the clock, intricate play with Town's midfield eventually saw Browne thread a ball through for Jordan Green on the edge of the box, but the striker lost his footing in the process of shooting to save Stanley. 

Dominant in midfield, Yeovil's vibrant start was almost met with a goal on the 15-minute mark. 

Otis Khan surged from halfway into the final third demonstrating good vision to spot the run of Browne on the right, with the winger's shot being well-saved by Aaron Chapman as the good start continued.

Unable to get close to testing Maddison between the sticks, it took Stanley until the 23rd minute to create any moment of worry for Way's side.

Kee's lay-off found the unlikely figure of Jimmy Dunne 20 yards from goal, but the defender's low drive whistled just wide.

Galvanising the Lancashire outfit, Yeovil's impressive start was laid to ruin just three minutes later from an Accrington corner. 

Sean McConville's delivery perfectly picked out Kee at the near post whose header rippled the back of the net off the bar, before Stanley's top scorer was back amongst the goals just moments later.

Jordan Clark's low shot could only be parried by Maddison, allowing the hosts' prolific frontman to grab a second of the night and stun the Green & Whites. 

In an otherwise evenly contested opening 45 minutes, Yeovil ended the half as they started on the front foot but Chapman couldn't be tested further as the league leaders edged closer to their promotion party. 

Now just one half of football from confirming their spot in Sky Bet League One, John Coleman's side restarted in determined manner and went close to a third. 

The vibrant duo of Kee and Kayden Jackson caused plenty of havoc both firing just wide, before McConville drew a smart save from Maddison just past the hour-mark. 

Penning Town in their own half, the tricky McConville went close to a stunning third when his audacious chip came back off the bar, with the linesman's flag saving the visitors as Dunne tapped in on the rebound.

Becoming Yeovil's busiest player, Maddison produced two good stops in a minute to deny Jackson and Kee once again as Marcus Barnes, Ryan Seager and Jared Bird were introduced for the Glovers in a bid to turn the tide. 

In a rare second half foray forward, it was substitute Seager who called Chapman into action when he headed goalwards from Omar Sowunmi's flick-on.

Trying to setup a nervy final 10 minutes, the deficit was almost reduced when Fisher met Tom James' cross from the right, but the striker's header dropped inches wide as Town rallied. 

But keen to secure their historic moment, Stanley saw out the closing stages to condemn Town to defeat and book their spot in Sky Bet League One for the 2018/19 campaign.  

Accrington Stanley: Chapman; Johnson, Hughes, Dunne, Donacien; Brown, Conneely, Clark, McConville; Jackson, Kee.
Bookings: McConville 33'
Subs not used: Maxted, Richards-Everton, Nolan, Zanzala, Williams, Sousa, Rodgers.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; James, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickson; Browne, Wing, Gobern (Bird 71'), Khan (Barnes 50'); Green (Seager 66'), Fisher.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Phillips, Mugabi, C. Smith, Santos.

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