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Injury time sparks controversy as Stanley rescue a point

Unibond Premier League Saturday 5 April Droylsden 2 Stanley 2

SKILLFUL...James in action at Droylsden
SKILLFUL...James in action at Droylsden

A 96th-minute equaliser, long after the game should have come to an end, rescued a point for Stanley in a match they had begun by dominating and ended by chasing.

Accrington delighted their travelling army with a pacy start, with Lutel James creating a couple of chances for himself and fellowstriker Paul Mullin, who gave Gary Burke an unexpectedly hard time all afternoon.

James should have scored in the 13th minute, taking the ball past Phillips and rolling it towards goal, but Glendenning was back fast enough to clear from the line.

The game lost momentum with a clash of heads between Phillips and Smith leading to an eight-minute injury time period. The keeper recovered but Stanley's centre back was forced to retire. While his team-mates tried to regroup, Darren Wright blasted a free kick home from 20 yards.

Stanley bounced back with an early equaliser, James placing the ball low under Phillips after Kerr brought down Prendergast on the right side of the box.

The second half was less exciting, and a whistle-happy official came to dominate the game.

A Droylsden flying header drew a brilliant one-handed save out of Speare and minutes later the home fans were in ecstasy when the ball came back off the post and Wright nodded in his second.

Injury time came and the referee dictated five minutes. He had extended the game even further when Stanley won a late corner, from which James forced in his second and the vital equaliser amid protests of a six-yard box handball. The game barely kicked off again, to Stanley's delight and Droylsden dismay.


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