Bristol Rovers 1-2 Accrington: Stanley secure first ever League One win
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/08/18 7:23pm
Two goals from Sean McConville earned Accrington a first victory in the third tier of the Football League as they claimed a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.
The left-sided midfielder opened the scoring after six minutes, capitalising on a good run from Jordan Clark to cut in onto his right foot and score with a deflected shot from 12 yards.
Striker Stefan Payne marked his Rovers debut by heading a close-range equaliser from James Clarke's right-wing cross in the 83rd minute.
But McConville had the final say six minutes later with a fine first-time finish with his right foot from the left corner of the box that sent the ball skidding past Rovers goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.
Clark had hit the crossbar after 75 minutes as Stanley produced the more incisive moves, despite being second best in terms of possession.
Neither goalkeeper had much to do in the first 45 minutes, with the only save of note coming from Accrington's Connor Ripley, who dived to his left to get a firm hand on Liam Sercombe's 34th-minute volley.
The result leaves Rovers without a point from their first two games.