STANLEY enhanced their title credentials, and at the same time virtually ended Worksop's, with an emphatic and deserved win at Sandy Lane.
Two goals in each half saw the Reds tear the Tigers apart to leave a healthy contingent of visiting support singing with delight. '4-1 to the champions' they chanted as the game drifted to its inevitable conclusion in the final 10 minutes.
Accrington took the lead in the 16 th minute when Prendergast was given acres of space down the left and he used it to good effect, sending the ball to the near post where Whitehead steered past Dave McCarthy under pressure from James for an own goal.
Worksop were back on level terms on 23 minutes as Prendergast tripped Ryan Ludlam in the box and the home side's top scorer Andy Todd converted his 20 th of the season from the penalty spot.
Stanley came back strongly and the pressure eventually told as Barnard was adjudged to have handled Prendergast's centre and James stepped up to send McCarthy the wrong way from the resulting penalty.
The Reds went three up soon into the second half - James put Mullen away and clear with a neat through ball and, ignoring Worksop's appeals for offside, the number 10 slotted home.
The points were all but wrapped up in the 55 th minute when Peter Cavanagh's ball in from the right was laid off by James and Mullen struck a first time shot that found the bottom left-hand corner.