While others were doubting the Reds in pre-season, Mark Yates tipped Stanley as a team to watch out for.
And the Cheltenham boss found his prediction to be true – but to his cost on Saturday – as Paul Cook’s side ran riot at Whaddon¿Road against last season’s play-off finalists.
Naming a man-of-the-match was impossible with Lee Molyneux and returning Rommy Boco superb on their debuts; Will Hatfield and Padraig Amond never stopped working; George Miller scored his first league goal while the backline held firm and keeper Ian Dunbavin’s one-handed save at 1-0 was vital.
This was all led by a captain’s show from Luke Joyce.
No one would have given the Reds much chance at unbeaten Town but back-to-back away wins for the first time this year was only bettered by the statistic of back-to-back away league wins with clean sheets for the first time in eight years.
Not that you would have imagined it after the game as every player was keen to keep their feet on the ground.
"I am glad to be back," said Benin international Boco, who was outstanding and capped his show with the third just after half-time, after he latched onto a through ball from Hatfield.
"It was nice to score, I know what Paul Cook wants from me and I am glad it has gone well."
It went well from the off with Amond slotting home the first on four minutes after Michael¿Liddle’s long ball over the top caught out the Robins defence and the striker was cool for his second goal of the season.
"As a striker you want an early chance and you want to take it as it gives you so much more confidence," said Amond.
"Going through at 0-0 I didn’t feel the pressure as I knew there would be other chances throughout the game but it was good to see it go in.
"Having Rommy here is massive, I know him from our days at Sligo and you know what you are getting with Rommy and he can score as well.
"That’s three wins out of four but I don’t look at league tables as, if you keep winning, you don’t drop down."
Miller got the second on 33 minutes after a corner from the lively Hatfield was only half-cleared and midfielder Miller tucked it into the bottom corner of the net from 12 yards for his first league goal.
"It’s great to get my first goal for Accrington, I just stuck it in at the near post but it was a good shift by all the lads," said the former Preston trainee.
"Rommy’s goal after half-time sealed it though. There are times when we will be on the back foot and we need to defend well and take our chances and we did that. I am loving it here, playing football regularly, playing 90 minutes and I am learning a lot from the likes of Luke Joyce and you can see Boco is top class."
It was top class all-round as, after Shaun Harrad and Jermaine McGlashan had looked lively early on, Amond’s goal past keeper Scott Brown set the groove of the game.
Boco, Hatfield and Molyneux all showed a willingness to have a go a goal but unbeaten Cheltenham, at 1-0 and with a big crowd behind them, looked a threat.
Russell Penn’s shot was driven across the face of goal while winger Kaid Mohammed broke and his shot was blocked by Dean Winnard before the ball fell to McGlashan who unleashed a fierce shot, saved one-handedly by Dunbavin.
If that had gone in, at 1-1, who knows what would have happened, but instead Miller grabbed his goal and, 2-0 up at half-time, the Reds were more than happy.
It was expected Cheltenham – who beat the Reds 4-1 in April – would get a half-time rollicking and they came out threatening as Harrad, on loan from Bury and with three goals in three games, scuffed a great chance.
But Stanley then broke, Hatfield found Boco and his shot skidded past Brown for game over. Miller was not far off a fourth with a curling effort while Hatfield headed straight at Brown, who knew little about it.
That’s not to say the Robins didn’t have their chances but they were definitely on an off-day in front of goal with Harrad rarely finding the target and sub Daryl Duffy firing wide from a good position.
Yates was gracious in defeat, admitting: "We were massively under par and it is a little wake-up call for us but you have got to give every credit to Accrington."
And Cook, a friend of Yates from their Burnley days, admitted they had caught Cheltenham on a bad day but could take nothing away from his side’s demolition of the Whaddon Road promotion-chasers.
"Cheltenham are a good side who will be up near the top at the end of the season," said Cook. "We caught them on a bad day but they caught us on a good day. To come here and score three goals and keep a clean sheet is big for us as the lads took a lot of criticism from us following our Exeter loss.
"Lee Molyneux was terrific. He has had a troubled couple of years in his life but he is a smashing footballer who has found his feet again at a club that loves him and we want him to play.
"I know Rommy inside out and this sums up what a good player he is. He is a terrific player, he created chances and he scored as well.
"The back four and Bavs were brilliant and Will Hatfield has hit a rich vein of form – but we are a squad and everyone, in and out of the team, is in this together."