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Number 42 SkyBet League 2 Accrington Stanley 1 Lincoln City 0 28th April 2018

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BradtheMiller

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A bright & warm April afternoon greeted the teams at the Wham Stadium in front of a ground record 4753 crowd which included 1789 fans from Lincoln.
Stanley who needed a single point to win the EFL League 2 title started edgily & initially struggled to cope with the Imps physical style but Stanley keeper Chapman had little difficulty keeping out Michael Bostwick's flicked header. Imps striker Matt Green was inches away from collecting Alex Woodyard's through ball as Lincoln continued to threaten. On 20 minutes however it was the host who almost went in front, top scorer Billy Kee forced a fine save from Lincoln keeper Ryan Alsop when his 18 yard effort went through a sea of legs but Alsop was equal to his effort. Spurred on by the near miss & a lot of noise from their enthusiastic fans Stanley started to take control & after Kee scuffed a presentable chance wide they deservedly took the lead, midfielder Jordan Clark scoring from close range after a Sean McConville cross. As half time approached with Stanley well in control, Lincoln defender Scott Wharton was adjudged to have brought down Stanley's Seamus Conneely in the area but Kee's weak spot kick was well saved by Alsop.
HT Stanley 1 Imps 0
The Imps started the second half well & had Stanley penned in their own half for a long period but no real chances emerged & Stanley looked strong in defence. Lincoln did come close on the hour, defender Luke Waterfall heading a Lee Frecklington corner narrowly over the bar. The Imps came even closer to a leveller ten minutes from time when a goalbound Green shot was deflected narrowly over the bar but Stanley's defence held firm. The final whistle brought wild scenes of delight from both Stanley's players & fans celebrating Stanley's first Championship of any sort in the reformed club's 50 year history.
FT Stanley 1 Imps 0
Not a vintage performance by Champions Stanley but they did just enough to take the points. On a personal level & as a neutral fan I feel privileged to witness the greatest day in the history of a lovely little football club. There were older guys who had supported Stanley's first incarnation prior to their demise in 1962 wiping tears of pure joy at the final whistle, just incredible scenes. Who say's nice guys finish last?

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