Stanley’s under 18’s saw their FA Youth Cup run come to an end at the third round stage as Shrewsbury Town came from behind to win at the Greenhous Meadow.
Zhen Mohammed had given the young Reds a first half lead only for the hosts to score either side of half time, with Stanley unable to find a leveller despite late pressure.
After a cagey start to proceedings it was the visitors who struck the first blow, with Mohammed rising highest to head a free kick past the Shrewsbury keeper after 25 minutes to make it 1-0.
Moments later it could have been two when the same player struck a crisp volley from another set piece only to be denied by Atkinson in the Shrewsbury goal.
It was to prove a crucial moment as Jack Little came under increasing pressure in the Stanley net, making a couple of important saves.
But he was unable to keep out a header from Ryan Sears two minutes from the interval which made it 1-1.
After the restart the home pressure continued and the Shrews quickly found another goal. Matt Jones tried his luck from range, the shot took a deflection and diverted past Little and into the net.
The Stanley keeper had to stay sharp to keep his side in the game with more decent stops but while the deficit was only one the Reds remained in the game.
And they were close to a late equaliser when Atkinson saved well from Ross Sykes to ensure that it was Shrewsbury who made it to round four.