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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 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13