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The Crown Ground (ATT 1,968) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Chesterfield Chesterfld

Accrington 3

L Molyneux (4, 9, 45+7)
P Murphy (S/O 32)

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Chesterfld 1

I Evatt (85)

Molyneux treble downs Spireites

Last Updated: 08/03/14 6:06pm

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Lee Molyneux: Hat-trick hero

Lee Molyneux: Hat-trick hero

Lee Molyneux scored a first-half hat-trick for 10-man Accrington as they stunned League Two title chasers Chesterfield 3-1.

Stanley had to play for an hour with a numerical disadvantage after midfielder Peter Murphy was booked twice - the second tackle seeing Dan Gardner stretchered off.

The home side were already 2-0 up at that stage after winger Molyneux, on loan from Crewe, opened the scoring with a fourth-minute 20-yard free-kick which tucked into the bottom of the net.

Then after nine minutes Ritchie Humphreys tripped Stanley's Will Hatfield in the penalty area and referee Scott Mathieson pointed to the spot. Danny Webber saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Tommy Lee but Molyneux followed up to make it 2-0.

Stanley were reduced to 10 men after 32 minutes when Murphy was shown a second yellow card for his challenge on Gardner, who was replaced by Marc Richards.

Chesterfield huffed and puffed but, during seven minutes of injury time, a mistake at the back from Sam Morsy gifted the ball for Molyneux, who stroked home from 15 yards for his hat-trick.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook was apparently sent to the stands at half-time, coming after he had shown his fury at a number of the referee's decisions.

Cook's side upped the pressure after the break, pushing defender Ian Evatt up front, and he pounced on a poor clearance after 85 minutes to fire home a consolation for the visitors.

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1 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 21 39
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
6 Newport County AFC 20 34
7 Exeter City 21 34
8 Southend United 20 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Accrington Stanley 20 29
12 Cambridge United 20 28
13 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
14 Portsmouth 20 26
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 York City 20 19
22 Tranmere Rovers 20 18
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12