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Crown Ground (ATT 1,101) 22nd October 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Geoff Eltringham

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Accrington 2

J Gray (19)
K Naismith (29)

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Bristol R 1

A Henshall (5)

13th time luck for Stanley

Last Updated: 22/10/13 11:10pm

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James Gray: Chipped in with the opening goal

James Gray: Chipped in with the opening goal

Accrington recorded their first league win this season at the 13th time of asking as they beat fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers 2-1.

James Gray and Kal Naismith scored the goals for James Beattie's side, who had to come from behind to triumph after Alex Henshall put the Pirates ahead.

Rovers made the dream start when home goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli fumbled Henshall's left-wing cross into his own net to give John Ward's side a fifth-minute lead.

But that lead lasted just 14 minutes with Gray levelling from close range from Peter Murphy's fine pass.

And that goal jolted the Reds into life, with Naismith drilling a low shot into the left corner of the net to put Beattie's boys in front just shy of the half hour mark.

That led to a spell of pressure for the home side with Danny Webber denied by Steve Mildenhall's near post save.

A cagier second half brought fewer chances, with Rovers keeper Mildenhall turning a Lee Naylor free-kick over the crossbar before substitute Eliot Richards hit the Stanley bar for the Gas.

Accrington held on for their first three-point haul but they remain bottom of Sky Bet League Two.

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Table

Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Luton Town 17 34
2 Shrewsbury Town 17 33
3 Wycombe Wanderers 17 32
4 Burton Albion 17 32
5 Plymouth Argyle 17 30
6 Bury 17 30
7 Southend United 17 28
8 Morecambe 17 26
9 Newport County AFC 17 25
10 Cambridge United 17 24
11 Stevenage 17 24
12 Exeter City 17 24
13 Portsmouth 17 23
14 AFC Wimbledon 17 23
15 Accrington Stanley 17 23
16 Cheltenham Town 17 22
17 Northampton Town 17 21
18 Oxford United 17 19
19 Mansfield Town 17 19
20 Carlisle United 17 18
21 York City 17 15
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 15
23 Tranmere Rovers 17 12
24 Hartlepool United 17 12