Stanley rounded off their pre-season preparations with two more games against non-league opposition.
They went down 2-0 at Barrow before drawing 2-2 at Stalybridge.
After testing themselves against the higher-level opposition in the likes of Everton, Tranmere and Oldham, the Reds eased up ahead of a busy first week of the season.
The main concerns for manager James Beattie were that certain players got some more game time ahead of Saturday’s opener at Newport and that his squad came through their final friendlies unscathed. Thankfully, they did.
Saturday saw Beattie field almost a full-strength line-up at Barrow, who were relegated to the Conference North last season.
After training with the Reds all summer, Danny Webber earned a one-year deal at the end of last week and started up front, but on a bumpy pitch, Stanley found it difficult to get their rhythm going.
Home striker Gareth Arnison blazed over early on and Rob Atkinson had to clear off the line while Andrew Dawber made two fine saves before the break.
The closest Stanley went in the first half was when Will Hatfield’s effort was smothered by the home keeper, and Barrow broke the deadlock just two minutes after the restart.
A Durran Reynolds header came down off the crossbar before being clawed away by Dawber but the goal was given.
Peter Murphy then headed wide for Stanley while James Gray’s close-range effort was turned over, and Barrow sealed victory with 20 minutes left as Alex Meechan’s inswinging corner beat Dawber and went in off the far post.
Dawber, Gray and Luke Joyce were the only men to remain in the starting line-up on Tuesday night as Stanley faced another Conference North side in Stalybridge.
Marcus Carver laid on the game’s first chance, only to see Gray’s close-range effort blocked by the home keeper.
But another Carver pass allowed Josh Windass to fire in a low drive from the edge of the box on 19 minutes.
Obi Anorou then got in behind Stanley centre-half Karlton Watson, who was penalised for tripping the home striker, but ex-Red Sean McConville failed to convert the spot-kick as Dawber saved low to his left.
However, Celtic drew level on the stroke of half-time as Anorou pounced on a misplaced header by youngster Luke Greaves to loft the ball over Dawber.
Three minutes after the break, Gray got behind the home defence and squared for Carver to tap in Stanley’s second.
Carver then hit a long-range effort against a post, while McConville’s lob also drifted against the woodwork.
But the hosts did manage to equalise a second time on 66 minutes as centre-half Kristian Platt fired in a loose ball from the edge of the Stanley box.
Team v Barrow : Dawber, Hunt (Miller 69), Aldred (Watson 69), Atkinson, Liddle, Hatfield, Joyce (Mingoia 69), Murphy (Clark 69), Wilson, Gray (McCartan 61), Webber (Carver 61).
Team v Stalybridge : Dawber, Winnard, Greaves, Watson, Hennigan, Joyce, Windass, Mingoia, McCartan (Goulding 72), Gray (Steenson 72), Carver (Jenkinson 65).