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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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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 38 76
2 Shrewsbury Town 38 71
3 Wycombe Wanderers 38 71
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Luton Town 38 58
7 Newport County AFC 38 58
8 Plymouth Argyle 38 57
9 Stevenage 38 57
10 Exeter City 38 54
11 Northampton Town 38 53
12 AFC Wimbledon 38 52
13 Portsmouth 38 49
14 Morecambe 38 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 38 49
16 Accrington Stanley 38 46
17 Mansfield Town 38 45
18 Cambridge United 38 44
19 Oxford United 38 43
20 Carlisle United 38 41
21 York City 38 38
22 Tranmere Rovers 38 37
23 Cheltenham Town 38 37
24 Hartlepool United 38 36