Accrington Stanley travel south in the last of the Play-Off semi-final first legs, when they take on Stevenage, on Sunday evening.

Stevenage are aiming for their second successive promotion after winning the Blue Square Bet Premier last season to secure their place back in the Football League.

They adapted well to League 2 and a run of nine wins in 11 games during February and March threw them into the promotion mix.

In the end they didn't secure their Play-Off place until the final day of the season but now they are just three games away from League 1.

"I, as a manager, and we as a club have qualified for the play-offs twice and they've both ended in defeat," Westley told The Comet 24.

"There's no point in getting too carried away yet, it is an achievement and we don't want to take that away from the lads. They've worked so hard to improve.

"It's been a tough season, and at one stage in January we were in 18th position. To move from 18th to sixth and a Play-Off place is just a wonderful testament to the work ethic of the boys of this football club.

"But as I say you can get carried away with this moment or you can get your head down and keep your feet on the floor and worry about winning the semi-final and then going on to win the final, and that's got to be the agenda now."

John Coleman is eyeing his fourth promotion as Accrington Manager, after taking charge 12 years ago but this one would be the big one.

On February 15th Stanley sat 19th in the table before their run of 11 wins since then saw them secure their fifth place finish.

Striker Terry Gornell opted to drop down to League 2 last summer when he left Tranmere Rovers, despite having a year left on his contract and now he's relishing life at the Crown Ground.

"It's a cut throat business now," he told "It's now or never. We've just got to get results and the most important thing for us is to keep the momentum going and play as we have been.

"I think we're the form team, we haven't really dipped to be honest and we've just got to keep that momentum going, believe we're the form team and take it to Stevenage.

"It's massive for the club I don't think we'll realise quick how big it is until the first game kicks off.

"We might only realise after the Play-Offs have finished just how big an achievement it was. Now we've got to focus, concentrate and keep going as we have been.

"Everyone involved will be thinking of Old Trafford but there are two massive games to get there and that's what we've got to concentrate on."


Accrington have a slight advantage over their opponents this season having taken four points from a possible six in the two league meetings.

The first match at the Crown Ground in November ended with a 1-0 win to the home side with Sean McConville scoring the only goal of the game.

When the sides met again in February Boro took a 2-0 lead with goals on 7 and 78 minutes through Byron Harrison and Laurie Wilson only for Stanley to hit back late on. Gornell netted with just two minutes to go before Andy Proctor struck in injury time to secure the draw.

Sunday's meeting is only the ninth meeting between the clubs with six having come in the Blue Square Premier.

Both sides have won three apiece with two games ending all square, something has to give over the next two games though.

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