SEAN McCONVILLE’S first half goal wasn’t enough to earn Accrington Stanley the three points as they drew 1-1 at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park.

The Reds started brightly and McConville was able to put them in a deserved lead inside 20 minutes.

John Coleman’s side were then pegged back by a Kieron Morris goal five minutes before the half time whistle blew as Stanley moved down to 18th in League One.

Coming in for the injured Sam Finley, Sadou Diallo let fly from distance in the early stages of the game and the effort had Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies scrambling across his goal to save well.

Moments later, Stanley threatened again as McConville found a free Jordan Clark in the box, it was perfect to be hit first time, but the winger decided against and lost the ball.

The Reds started the game full of confidence after their 7-1 mauling of Bolton Wanderers and should have taken the lead in the opening 15 minutes.

Colby Bishop received the ball in the box with his back to goal, he hit it on the spin, but his effort was comfortable for Davies.

It didn’t take long for Stanley to make their dominance count as captain for the day, McConville, slotted beyond Davies from five yards out.

Mark Hughes’ effort from a corner found McConville in acres of space in the box, the linesman kept his flag down, and the midfielder put his side ahead.

Five minutes before half-time and the home side pulled themselves level through Morris.

Corey Blackett-Taylor made his way down the left and put a ball into the box, it fell nicely for Morris who’s first time strike left Dimitar Evtimov no chance.

Tranmere were denied a blatant penalty, and a second yellow for Harvey Rodgers, in the opening moments of the second half.

Blackett-Taylor got beyond the youngster and he pulled him down inside the area, but Tony Harrington waved play on.

Goal mouth action was hard to come by in the second half as Tranmere controlled much of the action.

In Stanley’s best moment of the half, Clark skipped beyond a defender to surge into the box – he chipped a ball to the far post that glanced off of the cross bar.

Tranmere XI: Davies, Ridehalgh, Nelson, Monthe, Morris, Ferrier, Jennings, Caprice, Perkins, Blackett-Taylor, Danns

Subs: Pilling, Woods, Potter, Mullin, Hepburn-Murphy, Maddox, Payne

Stanley XI: Evtimov, Rodgers, Hughes, Sykes, Maguire, Clark, Diallo, Barclay, McConville, Bishop, Charles

Subs: Burski, Johnson, Sherif, Zanzala, Pritchard, Alese, Opoku