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Accrington Stanley 2-0 Yeovil Town

April 17, 2018
Accrington Stanley celebrate after being promoted
Sixteen wins in 19 matches have propelled Accrington Stanley into League One for the first time

Accrington Stanley clinched promotion to League One for the first time in their history as striker Billy Kee’s double saw them beat Yeovil Town.

Kee, the top scorer in League Two, headed in Sean McConville’s corner to open the scoring and he added a second with a rebound just moments later.

John Coleman’s side – unbeaten in 14 matches – also extended their lead at the top of the table to four points.

Kee almost had a hat-trick late on, but volleyed in to the side-netting.

A minimum of two wins from their remaining four games would guarantee Stanley the League Two title after 12 consecutive seasons in the division.

Third-tier football will be the highest level Stanley have played at since their reformation in 1968, having resigned from the English Football League for financial reasons in 1962.

After returning in 2006, the Crown Ground club lost League Two play-off semi-finals in 2011 and 2016 – both under Coleman – yet they finished in the bottom half of the table in all their other seasons since returning.

However Coleman, who returned for his second spell in charge in 2014, has now overseen arguably the greatest triumph in the Lancashire outfit’s history.

He has guided them to 16 wins in their past 19 games to leapfrog all their promotion rivals, with three Stanley players included in the PFA League Two Team of the Year.

Jubilant fans invaded the pitch at the full-time whistle, after a game the hosts controlled and could have won by more, McConville having a lob that hit the bar midway through the second half.

Visitors Yeovil, who were second best amid the party atmosphere, remain nine points clear of the relegation zone, with three matches to play.

Accrington boss John Coleman said: “It’s been a tough season. We lost one of our apprentices Jordan Moseley, one of our former directors John Demaine died last week and we wouldn’t be where we are now without him.

“And it’s my late dad’s 91st birthday and you would like to think he played a part.

“You can’t help but get emotional but it’s all about the players. They were fantastic against Yeovil, it was 2-0 but it could have been 16-0 as we really turned on the style in the second half.

“The fans have come out in their numbers and I am delighted for them. The whole team and staff have worked so hard and we have got our rewards. We will give it a good go in League One, it is a massive achievement. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

Billy Kee (right)
Accrington’s Billy Kee (right) has scored 24 league goals this season….
Billy Kee
… And could not contain his emotion after the final whistle
Fans invade the pitch at the Crown Ground to celebrate Stanley's promotion
Fans invaded the pitch at the Crown Ground to celebrate Stanley’s promotion

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 1Chapman
  • 26Johnson
  • 3Hughes
  • 2Dunne
  • 4Donacien
  • 7Clark
  • 28Conneely
  • 8Brown
  • 11McConvilleBooked at 33mins
  • 10Jackson
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 6Nolan
  • 9Zanzala
  • 12Williams
  • 16Maxted
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 32Rodgers

Yeovil

  • 12Maddison
  • 23James
  • 17Sowunmi
  • 27Donnellan
  • 11Dickson
  • 15Green
    Substituted forSeagerat 67′minutes
  • 20Gobern
    Substituted forBirdat 71′minutes
  • 6Wing
  • 7Khan
    Substituted forBarnesat 50′minutes
  • 18Fisher
  • 9Browne

Substitutes

  • 4Bird
  • 5Mugabi
  • 8Smith
  • 19Barnes
  • 21Seager
  • 24Phillips
  • 30Santos
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
3,176

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home23
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away20

Live Text

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Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Yeovil Town 0.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Yeovil Town 0.

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Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Foul by Tom James (Yeovil Town).

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Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Foul by Marcus Barnes (Yeovil Town).

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Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Omar Sowunmi.

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Attempt blocked. Kayden Jackson (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Posted at87′

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Posted at86′

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Shaun Donnellan.

Posted at86′

Attempt blocked. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Posted at83′

Attempt saved. Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Posted at83′

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

Posted at83′

Jared Bird (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at81′

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Posted at79′

Foul by Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley).

Posted at79′

Rhys Browne (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at78′

Attempt missed. Jared Bird (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Posted at77′

(Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at77′

Foul by Marcus Barnes (Yeovil Town).

Posted at74′

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Posted at74′

Attempt saved. Ryan Seager (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Posted at72′

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at72′

Foul by Tom James (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Posted at71′

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Jared Bird replaces Oscar Gobern.

Posted at70′

Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at70′

Foul by Rhys Browne (Yeovil Town).

Posted at68′

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at68′

Foul by Lewis Wing (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Posted at67′

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Ryan Seager replaces Jordan Green.

Posted at65′

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jonny Maddison.

Posted at65′

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Posted at65′

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Tom James.

Posted at65′

Attempt saved. Kayden Jackson (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Posted at64′

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Posted at63′

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Rhys Browne.

Posted at62′

Attempt missed. Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Posted at61′

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jonny Maddison.

Posted at61′

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.


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