STANLEY maintained their remarkable record against Morecambe with a thumping victory in Tuesday night’s rearranged derby.
The Reds were looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat at Rochdale and what better why to do it than to hammer your bitterest rivals.
The two sides have met 14 times in the Football League and 14 times Morecambe have failed to win. This time Stanley turned the screw too, chalking up their biggest victory of the lot.
Little wonder the home fans rejoiced during the closing stages, taunting the visitors with chants of ‘you’ll never beat Stanley’.
Morecambe were still looking at the play-offs and determined to end their Accy hoodoo. But it soon became apparent they’d have to wait at least another season as the Reds romped into a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes through Lee Molyneux and Kal Naismith.
The Shrimps briefly threatened after the break but any hope of a fightback was snuffed out as Stanley centre-halves Dean Winnard and Tom Aldred both scored in quick succession.
And although ex-Accy striker Padraig Amond pulled one back, Molyneux struck again in stoppage time to compound Morecambe’s misery.
Stanley made just one change as Naismith came in for Saturday’s goalscorer Piero Mingoia, and he had a hand in the opener on five minutes.
Naismith latched onto a loose ball on halfway and squared to Peter Murphy, who split the defence with a first-time ball down the left, where Molyneux raced forward to lift it over the onrushing keeper.
Will Hatfield then burst into the box, only to be bundled over by Kevin Ellison, and Naismith made no mistake from the penalty spot, firing into the bottom-right corner.
James Gray’s fierce strike was turned behind by keeper Barry Roche while Naismith fired narrowly wide from 25 yards.
Morecambe’s first shot didn’t come until added time, when Joe McGee’s effort struck his own team-mate and went wide, summing up their first half.
The Shrimps looked to address that after the break as Ellison played in Jack Redshaw but Marcus Bettinelli made an important save with his feet.
Redshaw then fired into the side-netting but Stanley replied with Murphy turning Molyneux’s low cross just wide.
The Reds remained on top as Wilson won a corner from Molyneux’s pass. Hatfield’s inswinger found Murphy and although his header struck the bar, Winnard nodded in the rebound on 59 minutes.
And just six minutes later, Roche turned wide a Hatfield shot, with Aldred heading home from Molyneux’s corner.
That got the party started in the Clayton End, with fans and players alike revelling in the derby win. Molyneux’s cross clipped the bar while Adam Buxton was denied a penalty.
Amond came off the bench to head home from an 84th-minute corner but Molyneux wrapped things up in style, pouncing on a loose ball on halfway to burst down the left and drill a sweet left-footed strike past Roche.
Stanley: Bettinelli 8, Buxton 9, Winnard 9, Aldred 9, Wilson 8 (Hunt 71, 7), Hatfield 8 (Mingoia 79), Murphy 8 (Windass 79) Joyce 8, Molyneux 9, Naismith 8, Gray 8. Subs: Atkinson, Bowerman, Odejayi, Webber.