ROSTYN Griffiths may be returning to parent club Blackburn Rovers soon but he has left a lasting impression at Stanley.
The Australian loanee unleashed a 20-yard thunderbolt to stun struggling Bournemouth and make his a strong contender for goal of the season even at this early stage of the campaign.
The 20-year-old will be back at Ewood Park on December 6 after completing three months with the Reds but his first ever senior strike will not be forgotten by the Stanley fans.
"It was my first ever league goal and I couldn’t believe it when I hit it," said Griffiths.
"It dropped exactly where I wanted it to and I was shocked as I haven’t scored a proper goal for ages.
"It felt like slow motion and then I saw it hit the back of the net. I was hoping to celebrate better but I was mauled by my team-mates."
And it was a goal his boss Reds manager John Coleman would have been proud of.
"I don’t think you will see a better goal all season - to control such a high half volley as well as he did. It was a fantastic goal by Rostyn," said the Stanley chief.
The strike did seal a stunning opening for the Reds where they surged into a three goal lead inside the first 20 minutes against the relegation-haunted Cherries.
It was unusual early drama as the last time the Reds played Bournemouth - in the FA Cup second round in 2003 - the excitement was all confined to the end and a nerve jangling penalty shoot-out.
But Griffiths made sure there was no fingernail biting this time by smashing home his wonder goal.
He will soon have to leave the FES but admits the goal - and playing regularly - has been a huge experience for him.
"I have really enjoyed my time at Accrington - it is a good standard of football and I have benefited from playing week in week out," said Griffiths, who Stanley fans will be sorry to see go after coming to the FES in September and playing 13 games so far.
"And playing alongside John Mullin has helped me as he talks to me throughout the game and he is a good worker - he lets me get the ball down and gives me a chance to do what I can.
"It was a different feeling with Accrington going 3-0 up so early as we have had a couple of bad results this season.
"But, even when we had the bad run, we were playing well but we couldn’t get the goals and that was the difference on Saturday - we took our chances.
"If we had done that within a few other games it would have been a totally different event.
"Now I would like to get a couple more goals before my loan spell ends - hopefully that sets me up now.
"I have to go back to Blackburn in December and will have to see what happens in January.
"If I am not playing again, I will be looking to out on loan again and push on."
Griffiths’ third should have made it a comfortable afternoon for Coleman but he refused to believe the three points were in the bag for his side who have been hit and miss this season.
"I thought I might be able to relax with about six minutes to go as I could not see them scoring three goals.
"Then I remembered the Bradford game (where Stanley conceded three in the last 10 minutes) so I had to wait until injury time to finally believe we had won it."
Coleman had feared his side may suffer fatigue following Thursday’s FA Cup exploits when they lost at Tranmere, with Saturday’s clash hot on the heels of that.
That’s why a swift start was demanded and the players duly obliged.
Terry Gornell made an incisive pass for Paul Mullin and the striker slotted home his fifth goal of the season with just three minutes on the clock to make it a fiery start.
"It is not often I am confident when Paul is clean through but, on this occasion, I was," said Coleman.
Bournemouth manager Jimmy Quinn - whose side are on minus three points after a 17 point deduction - admitted that was a major blow to his side.
"Since I have been in charge here I have noticed that when we go a goal behind it really affects us - and you could see that.
"We didn’t compete with Accrington in the first 20 minutes and by the time we did, it was too late," said Quinn.
No sooner had the first one gone in than it was 2-0 on 13 minutes.
A long kick forward by keeper Kenny Arthur was flicked on by Paul Mullin into the path of Gornell who still had a lot to do.
But he got the ball on the edge of the area and looped it over keeper Shawn Jawal to make it four Stanley goals for the season and celebrate extending his loan spell for a final month in style.
Then came Griffiths’ cracker and, despite what Coleman said, the match did then have a sense of game over.
Bournemouth huffed and puffed and did make three substitutions as they tried to make a difference.
Ex-England midfielder Darren Anderton fired over, defender Jason Pearce missed an empty goal from five yards out while Arthur pulled off a stunning save to keep out sub Jeff Goulding at the death.
But they couldn't find the way past a, dare we say it, solid Stanley defence which has kept three clean sheets in four games.
"The difference between the sides was our finishing - it was outstanding," said Coleman.
"We have possibly played better than that and not converted it into goals but everything went in
"It is a results-orientated business and we know we have the ability to create chances but it is whether we have the finesse, confidence and nerve to take them - and we showed we do."
While Stanley fans were singing long after the final whistle, it did get heated in the Cherries end.
Some of the visiting supporters made their feelings known to the players and boss Quinn was going to investigate if some of his players answered back.
In a no-nonsense interview he said: " The fans had every right to be upset, I felt like jumping over the wall and moaning as well.
"The players have no right to have a go at fans. You are going to get stick if you lose 3-0 and you have got to take it. The fans pay their money and can say what they want and the players shouldn’t respond."
While it seemed all bleak at Bournemouth, it is certainly not at Accrington as the win keeps them 21 points clear of the drop zone - and things are looking up.
"We do have good attacking options and we are now getting a strong bench - that will stand us in good stead as the season goes on," added Coleman, with players like Andy Procter and Leam Richardson returning from injury.
And Griffiths says his goal count isn’t over as he hopes to get another chance at getting his celebration right.
He said: "I would like to get three or four goals which I would be happy with over a period of about 15 games."