LAST season, one of the Accrington media contingent had a bet that Bobby Grant would score 10 goals for the season.
Within a few games, the wideman was sidelined with a knee injury and had limited appearances ending the campaign with just a solitary goal and bang went that wager.
How that press man would have wished he had more faith in Grant in this campaign as the winger-turned-striker took his tally to five goals for the season by the end of September with two stunners against promotion hopefuls Crewe last Friday.
Add to that two superbly taken goals by Michael Symes and a well-crafted goal from skipper Andy Procter and boss John Coleman now hopes he has the recipe for goal-den success.
"There were some fantastic goals out there," enthused boss John Coleman as Friday night football is certainly working for the Reds with six points out of six.
"Proccy’s goal was one of the best you will see, a well worked move, and Granty and Symesy were superb finishes and hopefully they have got the taste for it
"Bobby must have covered so much ground and I like my strikers to score and if you go into game believing you will score, then you have cracked it and hopefully both Symesy and Granty now have.
"And Andy Procter played like he did the season before last when he was at his best and if there is a better midfielder in League Two at the moment playing-wise I have yet to see him."
Stanley weren’t expected to beat Crewe. This was the team they last played in the league in March 1962 - the last game before the Reds resigned from the Football League - and lost 4-0.
Fast forward to 1992 and then non-league Stanley were thumped 6-1 by
Dario Gradi’s Alex at Ewood Park in the FA Cup.
So to meet Crewe on a level playing field in League Two shows how quickly Stanley have climbed the leagues, despite all their current financial worries.
Coleman admiited: "About seven years ago I was cadging kit off one of my mates who had done a bit of a soccer school for Crewe and I was proud to have it. That shows how far we have come in such a short space of time to put them to the sword like that
"We are now in the top half of the table and it took us well into October last season to get off seven points so we are well ahead of schedule."
Icelandic Crewe boss Gudjon Thordarson - with their first visit in the league to Accrington in 48 years - wasn’t so gracious: "It was embarrassing and was absolutely shocking. Some players don’t deserve to wear the shirt."
Crewe were stunned from the off when Grant opened the scoring, making something out of nothing.
The young striker ran onto keeper Alan Martin’s ball forward on the left and, out of nothing, superbly curled the ball over keeper Steve Collis from a tight angle and into the top of the net - a stunning start.
And it was two on five minutes when Collis cleared the ball but only to Symes who, 40 yards out, caught the keeper in no-man’s land and showed great vision to lob the ball over Collis and into the net.
Crewe, with high hopes of bouncing straight back into League One, looked shell shocked and their highly rated striker Calvin Zola, with six goals this season, was thwarted at every twist and turn.
The Railwaymen did get one back when a long ball forward found striker Joel Grant, one of a three-pronged Crewe attack. He took the ball past defender Tom Lees and it was heading into the net despite it taking a deflection from Lees who had raced back to try and block the shot.
Stanley have, in the past after being two-goals up, had the wobbles a couple of times notably Bradford and Huddersfield in the past who have gone onto win. And at half-time there were fears it could go either way.
But Grant put that to bed when the ever-running striker leapt on Danny O’Donnell’s short backpass with keeper Collis hesitating on 49 minutes and fired home.
It then looked like a rout was on the cards when Symes set up captain Procter who rifled the ball home on 68 minutes after some free flowing football.
And the bumper 2764 crowd were treated to a fifth when John Miles sent Symes through and he slotted home.
5-1 and it was happy days indeed as the Reds hit five for the second time in their current league career.
A late Crewe rally did make the score look closer when Joel Grant grabbing a second eight minutes from time and Luke Murphy lobbed the keeper at the death.
"The lads are disappointed they have conceded two late goals but it shouldn’t take the gloss off a fantastic night," added Coleman.