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ACCRINGTON Stanley's travel sickness struck again as they made the six hour journey back from Dover thinking about wasted chances.

ON THE SCORESHEET... Darran Kempson scored his first goal for Stanley.
ON THE SCORESHEET... Darran Kempson scored his first goal for Stanley.

ACCRINGTON Stanley's travel sickness struck again as they made the six hour journey back from Dover thinking about wasted chances.

The Reds have just won twice on the road this season - at Dagenham in September and Leigh RMI way back in December.

John Coleman hasn't been able to put his finger on why his side haven't taken more points from their travels despite behaving like a full-time club with overnight stays and early light training sessions on the day of the game.

However, Coleman felt they should have come away with something at Margate's temporary home in Dover.

"It is just the way the season is going - we must have had six or seven obvious chances that we didn't take," he said.

"We weren't enough of a threat early on so we made a couple of changes, but we are not taking enough chances."

"It is something we will have to look at over the summer."

"It would be a lot more worrying if we weren't creating chances but we have got to score more."

"Defensively we were sloppy and we gave a few bad balls away but all credit to Margate because they took their chances. We thought the last goal was off-side but sometimes you get them sometimes you don't."

Having shipped a Rocky Baptiste goal either side of half-time, Stanley were back in it after Margate had midfielder Jake Leberl sent off.

"Loan" defender Darren Kempson then opened his account for the Reds with a goal on 73 minutes.

But, as the Reds pushed forward for an equaliser, they left themselves open at the back and French striker Jean-Michel Sigere grabbed a decisive goal in the 87th minute.

As expected from the Reds, they never gave up, but the home defence refused to buckle through almost seven minutes of stoppage time.

"We just can't buy a goal at the moment," added Coleman. "At 2-1 we had chances to score and at that point we would have gone on not for a draw but would have won it. It is so frustrating."

The game got off to a frantic start, with Stanley closing Margate down in midfield and giving them no chance to get their passing game going effectively.

But several balls found their way through the Accrington defence, only for Baptiste to twice be denied by last-ditch Kempson tackles.

Having already moved Peter Cavanagh from the left side of midfield to make up a back four, John Coleman made a tactical change on 26 minutes when winger Rory Prendergast came on for Paul Howarth.

But it was Margate who drew first blood with a ball over the top on 31 minutes. Right wing-back Greg Oates put the ball into space for Baptiste to round Jon Kennedy and score.

Gate were on top, but Lutel James fired a warning when he strode away from the home defence but fired over from 20 yards.

The game went from end to end with Jay Saunders heading against the bar for the home side while sweeper Bill Edwards had to clear off the line from a Prendergast effort.

But it was two when, a minute into the second half, Stephen Halford failed to clear a Saunders through-ball and Baptiste again strolled clear to round Kennedy and slot the ball home.

Accrington forced most of the second-half pressure, but Andrew Procter's header was cleared off the line by John Keister and James somehow scooped the ball over the crossbar as he slid in to meet a Prendergast cross.

Leberl was sent off in the 72nd minute for a second booking, a decision which enraged home manager Chris Kinnear to the point that he was sent to the stands.

Within five minutes, Kempson had turned the ball in after Margate failed to clear their lines at a Prendergast corner, and Stanley looked set to complete the comeback.

But in the 87th minute Sigere converted a Baptiste cross, and despite the stoppage time there was no way back.


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