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Report: Town share the points in Accrington draw at Highbury

27 February 2021

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Fleetwood Town played out a 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley on a sunny afternoon at Highbury on Saturday.

The visiting side opened the scoring 22 minutes into the game as Adam Phillips received the ball from a short free-kick and drilled the ball into the back of the net, before Fleetwood’s response just a minute later as Wes Burns beat his man and levelled it up.

Accrington had the first chance of the game, which was from a free-kick, that Burns conceded. Matt Butcher stepped up and tried to catch the goalkeeper off guard with a low drilled shot, but Alex Cairns spotted it early and easily collected,

A couple of minutes later, the Fleetwood players thought they should have had a penalty as Danny Andrew stormed down the wing and crossed the ball into Kyle Vassell, who was seemingly dragged to the ground inside the box. The referee decided that it was a fair challenge and play would carry on.

Ged Garner found some space on the left-wing and after composing himself, he decided to try his luck from 25-yards, forcing Nathan Baxter into a diving save as he pushed it out for a corner. Nothing came from the resulting set-piece.

Accrington broke the deadlock 22 minutes in as they played a short free-kick to Phillips, on the edge of the Fleetwood box, and unleashed a venomous strike that flew into the top-left corner.

Town reacted straight away and levelled the scoreline less than 60 seconds later as Dan Batty played Burns in down the wing, he took on his man and struck the ball towards goal, beating Baxter at the near post.

Ten minutes later, James Hill threw the ball into the packed Accrington box, which was only temporarily dealt with and pushed out to Vassell. He then turned past his man and stung the palms of the goalkeeper from close range.

The pressure carried just before the break with Burns breaking down the right yet again. He pushed the ball onto his right foot and struck the ball towards the near post, which needed to be saved by Baxter.

Accrington came out the blocks the better side as they managed to create multiple chances straight away. The first was a strike from distance by Joe Pritchard which hit the outside of the post. Then, they played a cross into the box where Dion Charles headed just wide of the far post.

After the early chances, the second half was mostly spent in the middle of the park. The only chance of note was an ambitious free-kick from the halfway line, which had to be tipped over by Cairns.

With 20 minutes to go, Callum Camps picked up the ball inside Town’s half and decided to drive towards the Accrington goal, taking on multiple players, but dragged his shot just wide of the target. The midfielder had another chance soon after from range but Baxter did enough to keep the ball out.

Town were awarded a penalty ten minutes later as Burns faked a run on the outside, before cutting in. Burgess was wrong-footed in the exchange and fouled the winger inside the box. Josh Morris stepped up to take the spot-kick, but his effort was saved by Baxter.

Town XI: Cairns (GK), Andrew, Connolly (C), Burns, Camps, Mulgrew (J.Morris 50’), Rossiter, Vassell (Saunders 90’), Batty, Garner, Hill.

Subs not used: Coleman (GK), Duffy, Donacien, Biggins, S.Morris.

Stanley XI: Baxter (GK), Nottingham, Hughes, Burgess, Butcher (McConville 66’), Pritchard (Morgan 81’), Barclay, Bishop, Conneely (C), Charles (Russell 84’), Phillips (Smyth 66’).

Subs not used: Savin (GK), Maguire, Uwakwe.


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