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Preview: Accrington (A)

1 April 2018

Notts County travel to Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday looking to gain ground on Wycombe Wanderers in the race for an automatic promotion place in Sky Bet League Two.

The Magpies played out a goalless draw with the Chairboys on Good Friday and now face a trip to the league leaders, who regained their place at the summit with a 1-0 win at Mansfield Town.

John Coleman's swashbuckling side are in fine form, winning their last five league games to extend their run in the league to one defeat in their past 15 outings.

With two games in hand over the chasing pack, the Reds are in pole position to secure a place in the third tier of English football for the first time in the club's history but Notts manager Kevin Nolan will be determined to see his side delay Accrington's promotion party and boost their own hopes of going up.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"John Coleman has got the right people in and they know how to win games. They are all in it together and they do things the right way.

"He has been there for a long time and done fantastically well at that club. They're firing on all cylinders and we have to make sure we are ready."

Accrington manager John Coleman says...

"We can't get ahead of ourselves or get carried away. We still have eight games left and a long way to go but we are finding ways to win games.

"We are getting maximum effort out of all of the players. They are working themselves into the ground.

"We have to keep our heads down and not worry about anyone else."

Team news

Nolan is expected to make changes to his side given the quick turnaround in fixtures with the likes of Carl Dickinson and Jorge Grant pushing for a recall to the starting line-up.

Midfielder Michael O'Connor could also return to the first-team fold almost a year on from suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Accrington have made just one change to their team in the last five matches which was enforced as Janoi Donacien missed the 1-0 win at Mansfield on Good Friday through illness.

Ben Richards-Everton took his place and could retain that spot in the starting line-up come Monday afternoon.


Accrington boast the services of the top goalscorer in Sky Bet League Two in striker Billy Kee, who is scoring at a rate of a goal every other game in this campaign.

The former Burton frontman has 21 league goals to his name so far this season, keeping him one ahead of Cheltenham's Mohamed Eisa in the scoring charts.

We've met before...

Notts' last win at Accrington came in March 2010 when goals from Lee Hughes, Luke Rodgers and Ben Davies gave the Magpies all three points. County have since gone on to lose on their last three visits to East Lancashire

The reverse fixture saw Stanley come from two goals down to claim a point as Mark Hughes and Mallik Wilks struck to cancel out efforts from Jon Stead and Jorge Grant.

What are the odds?

Accrington are 11/10 favourites to come out on top with Sky Bet pricing Notts up at 12/5 to leave the Wham Stadium with a victory. The draw is also 12/5.

The Magpies are 40/1 to win 3-0, as they did in their last victory at the home of the Reds, or a much tighter 1-0 victory is available at 9/1. Alternatively, Notts to win 2-1 is 11/1.

Notts are 11/2 to win with both teams scoring in the game and the same odds to win and keep a clean sheet.

You can bet on the game here.

Supporters who sign up to Sky Bet using this link can help the club financially.

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Match Reports

Accrington 1-0 Notts

2 April 2018

Notts were beaten 1-0 by league leaders Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

Mark Hughes' 10th-minute strike was the difference on a day which saw Jonathan Forte hit the bar and Michael O'Connor make his long-awaited return from injury.

Kevin Nolan made seven changes to the side that drew with Wycombe last weekend. In came Carl Dickinson, Matty Virtue, Liam Walker, Noor Husin, Rob Milsom, Ben Hall and Forte.

Notts made a bright start to the game, Dickinson firing wide and Walker seeing an effort saved in the early exchanges.

But it was the table-topping hosts who would take an early lead, Mark Hughes latching on to Seamus Conneely’s pass to fire the ball past Adam Collin.

Notts came agonisingly close to equalising shortly afterwards when Lewis Alessandra’s volley was diverted on to the cross bar by the stooping Forte. His header crashed off the underside of the bar and was cleared to safety.

Stanley defenders got in the way of efforts from both Virtue and Walker before testing Collin twice in quick succession.

Kayden Jackson’s vicious strike was well tipped over by the keeper, who had to pluck the ball off his own goal line at the subsequent corner.

That was to be the final action of the first half and Notts reemerged unchanged for the second.

They were on the back foot shortly after the restart, however, and had Matt Tootle to thank for a heroic last-ditch clearance after Jackson had raced through one-on-one with Collin.

Sean McConville fired over and Scott Brown’s low effort was gathered by Collin as the hosts kept up their pressure.

And Collin had to come to Notts’ rescue once more when he showed brilliant reflexes to nudge the ball away from Jackson after he had saved Conneely’s initial effort.

Nolan’s first change saw Jorge Grant replace Alessandra down the left moments before both sides missed gilt-edged chances.

Jordan Clark should have scored when Billy Kee cut the ball back for him 12 yards out, but he could only skew his effort wide.

Notts went straight down the other end and crossed for Virtue, who was unmarked at the back post. He headed the ball wide.

Stead replaced Walker in Notts’ next change but the visitors were struggling to stem the tide, Collin making another important save to deny Jackson low down on 73 minutes.

Milsom shaped a long-range effort over the bar before O’Connor made his return to first-team action, replacing Husin.

But it was another substitute who almost gave Notts a late equaliser, Grant spinning in the area and sending the ball just wide with less than 10 minutes of normal time to play.

Jackson found the side-netting in response before the Magpies were given three minutes of added time to find an equaliser.

But they were unable to do so as the hosts took another big step towards the League Two title.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Accrington (A)

27 March 2018

Tickets for Notts County's Easter Monday trip to Accrington Stanley (3pm) will remain on sale from Meadow Lane until 5.30pm on Good Friday.

After this time, any remaining tickets will be returned to Accrington to be sold on the day at no price increase.

The Magpies have been allocated 312 covered seats along the side of the pitch in the Whinney Hill Stand and 1,470 uncovered terrace tickets behind the goal in the Coppice Terrace.

Tickets can be purchased on the day from the away ticket booth located near the away turnstiles.


Adult: £20

64 and over: £15

Full-time student: £15

Under 18: £15

Under 12: £5

Tickets for away fixtures can now be purchased online.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

It is essential supporters provide their customer number/postcode when purchasing away tickets.

Disabled supporters

In line with Accrington’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those who receive the middle or higher rate of Living Allowance or equivalent or the Enhanced rate of PIPS.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts . They are priced at the appropriate age-related rate for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Wheelchair disabled supporters should contact Jessica Fish at Accrington Stanley on 01254 356950 with their requirements. Wheelchair users will be accommodated in the Main Stand wheelchair area.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10.30am. 

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £20

General under 18: £12

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £19

Season ticket holder under 18: £11

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