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Accrington Stanley 2 Stevenage Borough 1

ACCRINGTON Stanley boosted their bid for a top eight place - and an LDV Vans Trophy spot - with a 2-1 win over Stevenage.

ACCRINGTON Stanley boosted their bid for a top eight place - and an LDV Vans Trophy spot - with a 2-1 win over Stevenage.

Both sides only stand a faint chance of a play-off spot but the Reds made sure there is still hope by leapfrogging Borough into seventh place with the three points.

In truth it was a poor game to watch with the wind dominating proceedings but two second half goals from Paul Mullin and Lutel James made sure Stanley finished the week on a high following two away defeats. "It was difficult with the conditions but it was a relief to win," said boss John Coleman. And he was also delighted for James and Mullin as they had been going through a lean spell in front of goal. "I am pleased for them. Sometimes they might miss chances and sometimes they might not play particularly well but they never hide. That is comforting for a manager." Stevenage took the lead when a George Boyd corner was headed into the net by Dean Brennan on 31 minutes. "I think it was floating wide but the wind helped it in," said Coleman. But, on 65 minutes, a trademark Rory Prendergast cross was bundled into the net by James at the second attempt - for his 17th Conference goal of the season. Two minutes later and Mullin volleyed home his 19th league goal of the season to give Stanley the points.