Accrington Stanley will not offer Tranmere 'free goal'

Ian Dunbavin and Tom Bender
Tom Bender clashes with goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin (Action Images)

Accrington Stanley have decided not to let Tranmere score an unchallenged goal when they replay their Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie.

Boss John Coleman floated the idea because Rovers were 2-1 up in last week's tie, abandoned due to the head injury to Stanley's Tom Bender.

But assistant boss Jimmy Bell told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It's getting played again at 0-0.

"We were never looking at that, to tell you the truth."

Bell has claimed Coleman's comments in a newspaper interview were taken out of context.

"It came about," he revealed, "because of a question posed to John who said he'd have no problems with it if Tranmere boss Les Parry approached him.

"I'm not too sure about the rules of the competition anyway. I don't think we would be able to do that."

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We'll start from scratch - Bell

Bender, who is on loan from Colchester, was left unconscious after a collision with his own goalkeeper, Ian Dunbavin, and spent the night in hospital with severe concussion.

He has returned to his parent club for treatment and is not expected to be back at Stanley for a couple of weeks.

The second round north tie is set to be replayed at the Crown Ground this Wednesday night (12 October (1945 BST).

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