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Accrington Stanley 2-0 Yeovil Town

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
  • 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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington42276970412987
2Luton432411890444683
3Wycombe432212976552178
4Exeter432371360491176
5Notts County4320131066452173
6Lincoln City4218141057431468
7Coventry422081453411268
8Mansfield4317161062481467
9Swindon43197176464064
10Carlisle431614135851762
11Colchester431613145249361
12Newport411415125152-157
13Crawley43169185461-757
14Cambridge421512154655-957
15Stevenage431313175660-452
16Cheltenham431312186261151
17Crewe43145245773-1647
18Yeovil421210205567-1246
19Port Vale431113194759-1246
20Morecambe42917164154-1344
21Forest Green42127234970-2143
22Grimsby431012213665-2942
23Barnet43910244065-2537
24Chesterfield4298254474-3035
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