Stanley surged to a 4-1 win over League One Chesterfield in their second Group B North game in the Checkatrade EFL Trophy.
The Reds lost their opening clash with Crewe but a comfortable victory at the Proact Stadium means there is all to play for in their final group game against Wolves under 23s in November with all four sides on three points.
First half goals from debutant Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Terry Gornell and Jordan Clark meant the Reds were in charge with Gornell adding a fourth after the break.
John Coleman made the six changes allowed in the competition – as did the League One side – with Ross Sykes, at 17, getting the nod for the Reds while Ify Ofoegbu, another scholar at 16, started for Chesterfield.
Aaron Chapman was the first keeper in action pushing away a fierce 20-yard strike by Dan Gardner in the second minute while Jordan Clark fizzed a dangerous ball across the face of goal but Taylor-Fletcher just couldn’t get there.
Stanley took the lead when the Chesterfield defence failed to clear a Sean McConville strike and Taylor-Fletcher was there to force the ball home from close range on 14 minutes.
The Reds were bossing the game and it was 2-0 six minutes later when Gornell got the ball on the edge of the area and fired it into the top corner of the net.
Stanley were in charge with McConville, captain for the night, trying his luck with a 35-yard free kick and was unlucky with keeper Lloyd Allinson just scrambling back to deny him.
However the third came on 42 minutes when defender Mark Hughes saw his header cleared off the line by Ritchie Humphreys and the ball came out to Clark who he found the top of the net from 25 yards with a stunning strike.
Chesterfield made two half time substitutions with the introductions of Kristian Dennis and Ricky German up front and they made a difference.
German had a chance which was just wide and it was Dennis who found the bottom corner of the net with a low strike on 61 minutes to get Chesterfield back in it.
However their comeback was short-lived when Stanley launched a stunning counter-attack on 66 minutes and Gornell fired home his second of the game to secure the Reds a 4-1 win.