Sean McConville admitted at the start of this season that it was a huge campaign for him.
The only current Stanley player to cost the club money - around £5,000 from Skelmersdale - and the gaping gap left by Bobby Grant meant it was his chance to shine.
And, while the 21-year-old admits himself he hasn’t turned in his best performances for Stanley in his 18 months at the Crown Ground, he is hoping he has kicked off his Reds career with his hat-trick against Macclesfield.
The midfielder hasn’t always been able to cement a regular place at the club and frustratingly only got one goal last season while others around him took their chances.
But he showed he had arrived on Saturday - and now he has got to build on it and aim to follow in the footsteps of Grant, Ian Craney, Gary Roberts and the like and make sure he is noticed and climbs the Football League ladder.
"I have under-performed in pre-season but I felt back to my best on Saturday," said a smiling McConville after his Man of the Match show. "It should kick me off now to hopefully get 10 or 15 goals.
"I have scored goals before I came to Accrington but only getting one last season was frustrating and I know I should have got more.
"Bobby is a hard act to follow as he was fantastic last season but all I can do now it do my best and hopefully that will be enough."
The odds on a Stanley hat-trick hero must have been high indeed. The last one was Jamie Clarke in November 2008 and before that it was Lee McEvilly in November 2004 and, prior to that, Ged Brannan at Dagenham in the same season.
Scoring three in a match by one person has indeed been a rarity for the Reds but no one was taking it away from McConville, despite his third goal coming off defender Paul Morgan.
Referee Craig Pawson was prepared to give it to McConville saying, after the match, it was going in anyway and the Reds midfielder was adamant that the goal was his, running away pointing to himself.
"It was definitely mine, I am claiming it, it was going in anyway and there is no doubt about it - although the lads are giving me stick, telling me it was an own goal in the dressing room.
"It was meant as a cross but it was on target. I will certainly be telling Rob Heys that for my goal bonus anyway!"
He also cost the club a match-ball which he got all his team-mates to sign.
"It will go in my bedroom with my shirt," he said.
And he deserved his big moment in the spotlight as things finally clicked for him.
The Reds hadn’t scored a league goal this season but when McConville raced in at the far post, stretching to tuck the ball home in the 29th minute, the score never really seemed in doubt.
Battling Ray Putterill had done well to get past Macc’s Algerian defender Hamza Bencherif and his cross was across the face of the goal with McConville never giving up and getting his reward.
His second came from a long throw which was hooked up in the penalty area by Putterill and McConville still had a lot to do, taking the ball down, turning and firing it low beyond the diving Jose Veiga,
Stanley had to wait until the second half for nmber three with McConville in tons of space on the left and playing in his cross-come-shot which Morgan thankfully helped into the net.
The Reds didn’t give up on three with Jimmy Ryan, Putterill and Andy Parkinson all so close to adding a fourth on a perfect day for the Reds.
And, not to be ignored, the defence also deserved praise as, while McConville grabbed the headlines, they have not yet conceded a league goal although it has to be said, Macc’s frontline didn’t overly trouble the backline.
John Coleman was delighted as he looks to uncover another gem in¿McConville.
"In the second half, it was as good as we have played for a long time at home and the pleasing thing about it was that we weren'’t hanging on.
"We went 3-0 up but we have still been asking the questions and controlling the game.
"It was a worry we hadn’t scored this season in the league so I am made up for Sean getting a hat-trick as there are not many people who can claim to have a league hat-trick.
"His third goal was on target - I would claim it. Me and Jimmy (Bell) have claimed worse that that!
"And it’s another clean sheet which is a rarity for us. I can't remember the last time we kept three clean sheets on the bounce in the league so we have got to try and build on that.
"We said to the lads before the game, a win would make it a decent start for us and a defeat a poor start and that’s how fine a line it is."