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League Two

Super Stanley soak Rico

21 April 2013

Lee Molyneux's superb second-minute free-kick guaranteed Accrington Football League survival after a 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers - and cost manager Leam Richardson a suit.

The visiting boss arrived soaking wet for his post-match press conference after celebrating with his players in the dressing room.

"The lads have ruined my suit and made me stink like a brewery," he smiled. "But I guess I can put up with that because all of them have given everything for me.

"We have a budget that is less than a lot of Conference clubs, yet every year we battle and hang onto our League status. That's because we have players who will run through brick walls for the club. We know it will be tough again next season, but with the same attitude we will be okay.

"My first thought at the final whistle was that my little boy is two tomorrow and he will now be able to enjoy his birthday party because I will be there and smiling."

Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall could only palm Molyneux's 30-yard effort into the roof of his net with some spectators still taking their seats.

It was one of few moments of quality in a poor game. But that did not bother the 131 Stanley fans who had made the trip south.

Rovers were a shadow of the side who have made such progress since John Ward returned for a second spell in charge and the manager offered no excuses.

"The players have let themselves and the fans down," he said. "I'm disappointed because it could have been a really good day for us. The supporters were better than the team. I have told my players that if they perform like that next season they will not get the same sort of reception.

"They have got away with it today because of what they have done previously since I returned to the club. I haven't had cause to moan often, but we weren't at the races. We have to be better than that next season and in our final game at Torquay next Saturday."

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