Accrington Stanley promoted to third tier for first time

Accrington Stanley promoted to third tier for first time

Accrington Stanley promoted to third tier for first time
Billy Kee (right)

Accrington Stanley clinched promotion to League One for the first time in their history as striker Billy Kee’s brace 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 – now 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.

Next season’s third-tier football will be their highest level hat Stanley have played since their reformation in 1968, having resigned from the English Football League for financial reasons in 1962.

After returning to league football 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 on 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 he second half.

Visitors Yeovil, who improved in the second half but were second best, remain nine points clear of the relegation zone, with three more matches to play.

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
  • 15GreenSubstituted forSeagerat 67′minutes
  • 20GobernSubstituted forBirdat 71′minutes
  • 6Wing
  • 7KhanSubstituted 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

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Yeovil Town 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Tom James (Yeovil Town).

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

Foul by Marcus Barnes (Yeovil Town).

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Omar Sowunmi.

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

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

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Shaun Donnellan.

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

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

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

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

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

Foul by Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley).

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

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

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

Foul by Marcus Barnes (Yeovil Town).

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

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

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

Foul by Tom James (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Jared Bird replaces Oscar Gobern.

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

Foul by Rhys Browne (Yeovil Town).

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

Foul by Lewis Wing (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Ryan Seager replaces Jordan Green.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jonny Maddison.

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Tom James.

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

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Rhys Browne.

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jonny Maddison.

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

goal

Source: BBC

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