Will Norris heroics secure Cambridge United victory over Accrington Stanley
PUBLISHED: 21:19 01 October 2016
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Norris spot on for U’s
Will Norris was the hero for Cambridge United as they beat Accrington Stanley 2-1 in Sky Bet League Two.
The goalkeeper produced two stoppage-time penalty saves to help the U’s make it three wins in a row and move them further up the table.
United took the lead in the 13th minute at the Cambs Glass Stadium as the returning Piero Mingoia whipped in a free-kick that was converted by Leon Legge.
Six minutes into the second half, Accrington equalised.
Norris saved Omar Beckles’ header from a a Sean McConville corner, but the rebound fell to Billy Kee to score from close range.
In the 81st minute, a good run and cross by Uche Ikpeazu was met on the volley by Mingoia for an eye-catching goal, but there was more drama to follow.
In the first minute of stoppage time, Legge fouled Terry Gornell in the box and was sent off for a second yellow card, but Norris was a match to Chris Eagles’ spot-kick.
Having survived one scare, United were put through it all again when Matty Pearson’s header was stopped by the hand of Brad Halliday on the line, earning the U’s defender a red card.
But Norris was this time equal to Gornell’s penalty, a second spot-kick save that earned United all three points.
In Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division, Cambridge City drew 0-0 at home to Stratford.