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Accrington Stanley 1-0 Notts County

Accrington continued their march towards automatic promotion from League Two as Mark Hughes' goal after only nine minutes gave them a 1-0 victory over Notts County.

Stanley maintained their three-point lead atop the league table after a sixth successive win and, perhaps more importantly, are now 11 points clear of fourth-placed Exeter.

County are also in contention for a top-three place but they fell behind early on, with defender Hughes stroking the ball home for his fourth goal of the season after latching on to Seamus Conneely's looping pass into the area.

County boss Kevin Nolan made seven changes from the side which drew 0-0 with Wycombe on Friday and his team struck the woodwork after 20 minutes as Jonathan Forte's header hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and was cleared.

Magpies goalkeeper Adam Collin did well to deny Kayden Jackson and Billy Kee as Stanley looked for a second before half-time.

The Reds looked the most likely side to score and Conneely's 52nd-minute shot was fumbled by Collin with Jackson unable to convert the follow-up, while Jordan Clark fired wide in a good position.

However, Matthew Virtue should have levelled for County on the hour as he was unmarked six yards out but sent his header wide.

Jackson came close to doubling Stanley's tally but was denied by Collin while Jorge Grant fired wide for County in a decent position with 10 minutes to go.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 16Maxted
  • 26Johnson
  • 3Hughes
  • 2Dunne
  • 4Donacien
  • 7Clark
  • 8Brown
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 10Jackson
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 6Nolan
  • 9Zanzala
  • 12Williams
  • 17Sousa
  • 32Rodgers
  • 33Savin

Notts County

  • 1Collin
  • 2Tootle
  • 5Duffy
  • 6Virtue-Thick
  • 3Dickinson
  • 21HusinSubstituted forO'Connorat 77'minutes
  • 20WalkerSubstituted forSteadat 66'minutes
  • 25Hall
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forGrantat 55'minutes
  • 14Forte
  • 24Milsom

Substitutes

  • 4Hewitt
  • 8O'Connor
  • 9Ameobi
  • 10Grant
  • 16Brisley
  • 30Stead
  • 34Fitzsimons
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
3,039

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Notts County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Notts County 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

  4. Post update

    Richard Duffy (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley).

  8. Post update

    Jorge Grant (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

  12. Post update

    Matt Tootle (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kayden Jackson (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jorge Grant (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jimmy Dunne (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Robert Milsom.

  17. Post update

    Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael O'Connor (Notts County).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Michael O'Connor replaces Noor Husin.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Milsom (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington39255966402680
2Luton412211884434177
3Wycombe412111975552074
4Exeter40216135445969
5Notts County4118131061431867
6Lincoln City401813957421567
7Coventry401981350381265
8Mansfield401615957431463
9Swindon40195166160162
10Colchester411613125145661
11Carlisle411612135750760
12Newport391315114950-154
13Crawley41159175158-754
14Cambridge401412144252-1054
15Cheltenham411212175960-148
16Stevenage401212165457-348
17Yeovil38129175359-645
18Crewe41135235267-1544
19Port Vale411013184557-1243
20Morecambe39915153848-1042
21Forest Green40117224869-2140
22Grimsby41911213363-3038
23Chesterfield3897224168-2734
24Barnet4189243763-2633
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