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THE INJURY-TIME board went up as Keith Gilroy hammered home the winner for Scarborough - to cause more away day agony for Stanley.

NO BREAKTHROUGH... For Lutel James.
NO BREAKTHROUGH... For Lutel James.

THE INJURY-TIME board went up as Keith Gilroy hammered home the winner for Scarborough - to cause more away day agony for Stanley.

The Reds have suffered a bad bout of travel sickness this season with just two league victories and manager John Coleman can't put his finger on why.

They should have had the three points sewn up in the Easter Monday clash at Boro long before their sub blasted the ball into the net.

And the sickening manner of the defeat left Coleman fuming - and ready to make big changes to his side who he feels have let him and the fans down in the final part of the season.

"It is the same old story - another game we should have won but we didn't," said the manager who has given up his job as a primary school teacher to go full-time with Stanley next season.

"You would think I would be used to it by now but I am fed up to the back teeth."

"It is not good enough for me, the club or the fans. We are a miles better side than Scarborough but we can't keep squandering chances and we can't keep giving away goals - and at the moment we are doing both."

"The game should have been wrapped up after an hour but we are squandering chances like they are going out of fashion while we are not tight enough at the back - but we have never been tight enough at the back this season."

He continued: "We don't know how to win away from home. We haven't got enough winners in the team with a winning mentality. The legs may be tired but we were lazy late on and sloppy. They shouldn't have been in the game yet they stole it."

"But, by the same token, if you don't dismiss teams like that as soon as you can and you let them have chances then things like this will happen."

"It is not the first time and I think, with this personnel, it won't be the last so things will have to change."

The Reds have dropped off the pace with five defeats in their last six games and, although at the start, a top ten finish would have been accepted by most - the manager demands more.

"People may think I should be made up with a top ten finish. Well I am not. I don't subscribe to that. I subscribe to everytime you go on a football pitch, you try to win."

"And, if you are a better team than the opposition, you should win."

"But unfortunately we don't win often enough and the reason is that there is not enough confidence in the side and there aren't enough winners in the side. I will make it my business in the summer to get some new players in. A few of the players will go - those who have had too many chances."

"I can't live with things like that happening week in week out - for my own sanity."

"People may say we were unlucky but it gets to the point where it is not luck, but rank bad play and once against we have shown we are capable of throwing away a winning position. It is not good enough."

Coleman changed things around again after a hectic schedule of four games in six days. Robbie Williams and Steve Hollis were rested completely, Peter Cavanagh dropped to the bench with Jerome Fitzgerald returning to the right back slot.

And the Reds seemed to be in charge from the off with Ged Brannan having a header from six yards out saved by Leigh Walker.

Scarborough did threaten early when Mark Quayle pulled the ball back for Tony Hackworth but the striker - who played in the Champions League for Leeds United - was unable to get past Jamie Speare in the Stanley goal.

Clint Marcelle and right back Kevin Nicholson were proving a threat but Boro were repeatedly caught off-side with the Reds in charge.

Brannan had another effort pushed away by Walker while Rory Prendergast's corners were causing chaos in the Boro back line.

And the Reds took the lead from a flag kick when Andy Gouck charged in with a thumping header from ten yards out for his sixth of the season to put Stanley ahead.

It seemed only a matter of time before the second came, with defender Steve Halford heading another Prendergast corner over the crossbar and Jonathan Smith proving a handful in the opposition area.

And they should have made it two when Prendergast did well at the by-line to put a cross in but the inrushing Mullin blasted a right foot volley high over the crossbar from around five yards out with only the keeper to beat. Prendergast then had a good chance on the hour following a Lutel James ball in but he too skied his effort.

And it all went wrong when Marcelle found Hackworth on the edge of the area and his low left foot shot nestled into the bottom corner of the net on 61 minutes.

The goal spurred Scarborough on although Coleman put on Darran Kempson, Dean Calcutt and Cavanagh as they looked to go for the winner.

A Calcutt curling shot was easy for Walker on 76 minutes but it was Scaborough who stepped up a gear in the final 10 minutes.

A Hackworth black-flick was cleared while Kempson did superbly well to block Chris Senior's effort after a one-two with Gilroy.

But nobody could do anything about Gilroy's winner.

Yet again, another sub undid Stanley as they did at Telford.

Scarborough played the ball around the area, Marcelle once more found his man and Gilroy blasted a volley into the roof of the net from the edge of the area to pile on the misery for the Reds.

There was final drama with Speare racing up the field for a late Prendergast corner but there was to be no heroics as the Reds slipped down the table following a disappointing loss which could have huge consequences for some of the squad.


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