Stanley's youngsters have been rewarded with a home tie against West Ham United after reaching the FA?Youth Cup third round for the first time in the club’s history.
Nathan Webb’s second-half header earned a 1-0 win at Ilkeston on Tuesday with the Hammers visiting the Store First Stadium on December 21.
Ilkston had the first chance when Rai Simons raced through one-on-one and lifted the ball over Kieran Wolland, but his effort landed wide.
Ryan Osborne arrowed a shot across goal and wide before Dalian Barker had Stanley’s first effort of the game on 22 minutes but saw his shot well held by Charlie Mansfield in the Ilkeston goal.
Ilkeston’s Che Adams countered and saw an effort cannon back off the upright before Wolland made a superb low save on half-time.
Accrington stepped it up a level after the break with Webb forcing Mansfield into an early save and the keeper smothered the ball before Max Hazeldine could gobble up the rebound.
Connor Mahoney saw two efforts held by the Ilkeston keeper before the hosts began to get back into the game.
Osborne bent a shot wide of the post before failing to get full contact on a deep cross.
The defining moment came when a bit of trickery from Mahoney down the right drew a foul from Curtis Burrows.
He stepped up to take the resulting free kick, from which Webb, the smallest man on the pitch, rose highest to head Stanley into the lead.
The hosts should have levelled on 80 minutes when Luke Shaw found himself in acres of space six yards out but he failed to keep his composure and missed the target.
Mansfield’s magnificent save denied Hazeldine as the Reds dominated the latter exchanges.
Hazeldine’s overhead kick landed on the roof of the net and Webb headed over before there was almost one late twist.
Simons danced around the whole Stanley defence and, to the astonishment of all, prodded wide from four yards.