Defender Ross Sykes will make his full league debut for Stanley in today’s Sky Bet League One opening game at home to Gillingham.

Teenager Sykes starts in the heart of defence alongside Mark Hughes after impressing in pre-season.

Ben Richards-Everton replaces Janoi Donacien in the left back slot, Donacien signed for Ipswich this week.

Jonny Maxted starts in goal for the Reds following Aaron Chapman’s departure to Peterborough.

Summer signings Piero Mingoia, Sam Finley, Matty Platt and Offrande Zanzala are on the bench.

 

Stanley: Maxted, Johnson, Hughes, Sykes, Richards-Everton, McConville, Conneely, Brown, Clark, Jackson, Kee

Stanley subs: Warner, Zanzala, Platt, Finley, Sousa, Rodgers, Mingoia

Gillingham: Holy, O’Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani, Garmston, Bingham, Byrne, Charles-Cook, Parrett, Hanlan, Parker

Gillingham subs: Hadler, Eaves, Fuller, Nasseri, Nash, Simpson, Stevenson