Defender Phil Edwards fired home two penalties in a 3-0 victory to boost Accrington`s promotion charge and plunge bottom club Stockport deeper into relegation trouble.

Sean Hessey had given Stanley a 28th minute lead when he fired home a 25-yard free-kick, although keeper Ian McLoughlin got a hand to it and will have felt he should have kept it out.

Seven minutes later defender Aaron Brown jumped in the area and handled Sean McConville's corner and Edwards struck his first penalty straight down the middle.

Brown was involved again when he lost the ball in the area after 42 minutes and fouled McConville. Edwards this time fired to the right as he took his tally of goals to 10 for the season.

Stanley looked to inflict more misery on the bottom club after the break but a makeshift County defence held firm, while Brown had their best chance with a header but it was tipped over by Alex Cisak.

Accrington have now won four of the last five games and are seven points off a top seven spot with games in hand.

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