STANLEY threw away the chance to record a fourth consecutive win, conceding an equaliser three minutes into stoppage time against a Eastwood side who played the whole of the second half without their goalkeeper Richard Parkin, due to injury.

The Reds started brightly with Brett Baxter having a long range shot saved by Parkin after five minutes. They then took the lead on 18 minutes when Gary Williams sped into the Eastwood penalty area, lost control of the ball. But Paul Gould kicked the ball against fellow defender Carl Flint and the rebound fell to Williams who smashed the ball into the net for his fourth goal in six games since joining Stanley.

Williams nearly added a second on 44 minutes, Jamie Speare's long kick was headed on by Mark Ceraolo to Williams but his shot was saved by Parkin.

Parkin, who was injured early in the first half, was replaced half time in goal by striker Gavin Worboys but Stanley failed to capitalise on the situation. Eastwood came more into the game in the second half with Nick Kennerdale having a shot saved by Speare on 57 minutes. The visitors equalised in the 79th minute when Scott Bonsall scored from close range with a shot that went under Speare's body.

Five minutes later and Accrington were back in front when player/manager John Coleman scored, only eight minutes after coming on as a substitute. Stand-in keeper Warboys was adjudged to have handled the ball outside the penalty area and from the resulting free kick Coleman hit an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Two minutes later and the Stanley boss had to leave the field after a clash with Flint saw him injure his ankle.

Three minutes into stoppage time Jonathan Smith under-hit a back-pass to Speare and Kennerdale was on hand to rush in and take the ball in round the stranded keeper to give Eastwood a point.

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