Davids off as Molyneux treble gives Accrington Stanley victory
4:57pm Saturday 16th March 2013 in Sport
EDGAR Davids was sent off against Accrington Stanley for the second time this season as Lee Molyneux’s first half hat-trick gave the Reds a crucial 3-2 home win over relegation rivals Barnet.
Davids was shown his marching orders late on for a second bookable offence, as he was when the two sides met at Underhill in November, but it was Molyneux who stole the show with a crucial treble.
The winger, who scored two stunning long-range goals in the recent win at Rochdale, fired a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner to put Stanley ahead after only eight minutes against the Bees.
The 24-year-old then smashing a superb 30-yard effort into the top corner to make it 2-0 after 26 minutes, completing his treble from the penalty spot eight minutes later after Francis Jeffers had been fouled.
But Barnet pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time through Elliott Johnson.
Ross Jenkins’ overhead kick then made it 3-2 in the 63rd minute to make it a nervy finish, but Davids was sent off with four minutes left for a second booking as the Reds held on for victory.
The win was not enough to lift Stanley off the foot of the table, but the bottom five clubs are all level on points ahead of the Reds’ home game with AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Stanley: Paul Rachubka; Nicky Hunt (Peter Murphy 26), Dean Winnard, Tom Aldred, Laurence Wilson; Rommy Boco, Luke Joyce, Amine Linganzi, Lee Molyneux; Will Hatfield (Craig Lindfield 62), Francis Jeffers (James Gray 68). Subs not used: Ian Dunbavin, Michael Liddle, George Miller, James Beattie.
Barnet: Graham Stack; Barry Fuller, Dave Stephens, Chiro N’Toko (Luke Gambin 35), Elliott Johnson; Mark Byrne, John Oster (Tom Flanagan 82), Ross Jenkins; Mauro Vilhete (Craig Beattie 46), Jake Hyde, Edgar Davids. Subs not used: Dillon Barnes, Clovis Kamdjo, Curtis Weston, Harry Crawford.
Referee: Mark Heywood.