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Keeper talks for Accrington Stanley after cup exit

ACCRINGTON Stanley handed trials to two players as they were knocked out of the Lancashire Senior Cup on penalties yesterday – while the Reds remain in talks with Cameron Belford over the loan keeper’s future.

Stanley boss Leam Richardson is still hoping to add to his squad before the closure of the January transfer window tomorrow night and has been assessing his goalkeeping options, with regular stopper Ian Dunbavin out with a long-term shoulder injury.

Belford has been on loan from Bury in recent weeks and could yet be handed an extended stay, with discussions ongoing.

The 24-year-old appeared to hint about his future on Twitter when he said he had ‘a lot of sorting out and decisions to be made’.

Stanley also fielded Tom Aldred, a 22-year-old centre back who hails from Bolton and was recently released by Colchester, as a trialist in the defeat to Rochdale yesterday.

Burnley-born midfielder Ben McKenna, previously with Carlisle, also turned out for Stanley as a substitute.

The Reds were beaten 5-3 on penalties at the Store First Stadium after a 2-2 draw.

Richardson used the quarter final tie to field a number of players who did not start in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Plymouth in League Two, with Will Hatfield making his return from a brief lay-off with a broken hand. Lee Molyneux, George Miller, Luke Clark, Bohan Dixon and James Gray also featured against a youthful Rochdale side.

Stanley were behind midway through the first half yesterday when Joel Logan beat Andrew Dawber from close range.

The Reds lost Hatfield early in the second half after he took a blow to his injured hand, before Rochdale doubled their lead as Ola Rabiu scored.

Stanley substitute Aidan Chippendale halved the deficit and Gray then levelled the match with 10 minutes remaining.

Chippendale was denied a second goal as Stanley pushed for a winner but in the shoot-out Gray’s spot kick was saved as Rochdale won 5-3.

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5:05pm Wed 30 Jan 13

mavrick says...

Sadly it seems Stanley are heading south unless something drastic happens. we are just not good enough in too many positions.
Sadly it seems Stanley are heading south unless something drastic happens. we are just not good enough in too many positions. mavrick
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12:34pm Thu 31 Jan 13

accstan says...

Not looking as good as we would like at the moment but Leam is still building his team & I really do think we'll be ok although it could be a bit nerve wracking till the end of the season - then again, that's nothing new for Stanley fans, the first two seasons in the league we hung on in there by the skin of our teeth & after all the upheaval there's been in the last year, finishing 1 place above that relegation zone will do for me.
Not looking as good as we would like at the moment but Leam is still building his team & I really do think we'll be ok although it could be a bit nerve wracking till the end of the season - then again, that's nothing new for Stanley fans, the first two seasons in the league we hung on in there by the skin of our teeth & after all the upheaval there's been in the last year, finishing 1 place above that relegation zone will do for me. accstan
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