Match Report: Accrington Stanley 1 Fleetwood Town 0

Accrington Stanley made it back-to-back home wins in League One after beating local rivals Fleetwood Town.

Dion Charles got the only goal with a simple finish from close range midway through the second half.

The visitors started brightly and nearly went ahead when Toby Savin did well to keep out Barrie McKay’s low drive.

Savin then made another smart stop to deny the Scottish international, who joined on loan from Swansea City over the summer.

Danny Andrew went close with an acrobatic volley after Savin had spilled Wes Burns’ cross just before the half-hour mark.

The Reds were on the back foot for most of the first half, but should have gone in front when Charles blazed over after Fleetwood had failed to deal with Pritchard’s free-kick.

On the verge of half-time, McKay forced Savin into action once again with a dipping effort from the edge of the area.

John Coleman brought on Sean McConville at the break – the winger’s first appearance since New Year’s Day.

Matt Butcher almost broke the deadlock with a swerving strike from distance early in the second half.

The hosts were then caught out by a quick counter attack, but Savin made a fine save with his feet to deny Callum Camps.

At the other end, Ross Sykes made a vital clearance on the line after Savin was caught out by Burns’ looping cross.

The Reds took the lead with 20 minutes to go when Charles headed home – the forward’s third goal of the season.

And Colby Bishop almost doubled Stanley’s lead moments later with a diving header, but Leutwiler made a smart stop.

Charlie Mulgrew – making his debut after leaving Blackburn Rovers – then went close with a dipping free-kick.

But the hosts survived a nervy final five minutes to secure their fourth league win of the season.

Accrington: Savin, Nottingham, Hughes, Burgess, Sykes (c), Butcher, Russell (Barclay 66), Pritchard, Uwakwe (McConville 45), Bishop, Charles

Fleetwood: Leutwiler, Andrew, Connolly, Whelan (c), Burns (Finley 84), Camps, Morris (Evans 74), Mulgrew, Madden, McKay, Holgate (Edwards 74)