IT HAD all seemed to be going too well.
Two wins, including an outstanding victory over Morecambe, six points and top of the table.
Then Stevenage made the Reds come thumping back to earth with a huge bump.
The supporters' coach got there just five minutes before the start and it might have been better if the driver had failed to find his way to the ground for another 15 minutes as, by that stage, Stanley were facing an uphill battle.
It was like deja vu from Boro last season, when the home side had raced into a two goal lead but that time, Stanley had recovered to get one back and make them fight.
This time there was no way back as Boro, after two defeats, gave Stanley a harsh lesson, reminding them that the Conference season will have plenty of ups - but there could be some major downs as well.
Manager John Coleman was surprisingly calm after the game but he had had time to get used to the defeat.
Once skipper Jason Goodliffe - back for his first game after a year out with a cruciate ligament injury - grabbed the third on the hour it was game over.
"It is not doom and gloom," said the stunned manager.
"What we have got to remember is that six points out of nine is a good start in anyone's language especially when you have played two away games.
"I am not despondent. There are some positives. I am really pleased with the way we kept our discipline and you won't see many teams who get beat 5-0 come away with no bookings.
"Cav showed he had learnt from last season by avoiding a potential red card. He read the situation and showed he had learnt.
"Then Ian Craney was a hell of a threat in the first half and on another day he would have had a couple of goals and maybe a penalty."
What the manager was furious at though, was his side's inabilty to play the way he wanted to.
Coleman wanted them to replicate the match against Morecambe where Stanley limited their crosses from the wing and took their chances.
"We started off 4-5-1 and we made it clear that if we could edge the two wide players further forward then we would inform them during the game.
"Instead they took it on themselves to go and play further forward from the first minute and left a few holes and we got punished.
"The full backs were exposed and it resulted in crosses coming in the box which they have scored from.
"If we had started the way I had asked them to then it wouldn't have been a problem.
"The players have been told in no uncertain terms that if they are not capable of doing what I ask them to then I will get someone else to do it. I will reinforce it again."
The threat was there from the second minute when defender Barry Laker cracked a 30 yard effort against the crossbar.
A cross in skimmed inches past Paul Mullin's foot a minute later before Boro took charge.
Justin Gregory broke on the left following a Reds attack and fired in a cross which the strong Brian Quailey headed home on six minutes.
Four minutes later and Gregory broke down the left again and this time midfielder Ritchie Hanlon was unmarked and he headed the ball home.
Mullin had a chance from a Ged Brannan cross but the effort skimmed his head.
And, on 31 minutes, Steve Jagielka should have done better in one attack after Ian Craney had raced to the by-line and pulled the ball back for the former Sheffield United man.
With the goal at his mercy, Jagielka tried to place it instead of blast it and Boro's loan keeper Rob Burch managed to save the effort with his legs.
Quailey had another chance after Jon Kennedy missed a ball into the box while, at the other end, Craney's final ball let him down as he looked to set up Lutel James.
Boro continued to be a threat and they appealed for a penalty on 41 minutes when Peter Cavanagh brought down Gregory but a free kick was given instead and that came to nothing.
After the break, Boro lost Quailey to injury but his replacement Jo Flack proved just as dangerous beating the off-side to test Kennedy early on.
Hanlon blasted over while, in Stanley's move of the match, they again failed to find the back of the net. James sent Mullin through and he found Craney on the left wing who chipped the ball into Jagielka at the far post but his header was well wide of the target.
"No one is more disappointed than Steve," said Coleman. "He doesn't miss them on purpose. We had a couple of chances which could have changed the game but once they got the third you could see the lads visibly wilt."
This came from a Michael Brough free kick which was headed down at the far post by Mark Rogers and touched over the line by Goodliffe on 59 minutes.
Two minutes later and a shell-shocked Stanley were four down when Dannie Bulman's corner was headed into the net by the unmarked Goodliffe.
Jody Banim came on for his first appearance in a Stanley shirt and was lively while the Reds tried to reduce the deficit with several long range efforts which didn't find their target.
And then, on 81 minutes, sub George Boyd and Flack worked a neat one-two, got passed Cavanagh, and Flack finished it off under Kennedy.
There was still time for the Reds to salvage something when a Rory Prendergast cross found Mullin at the far post but Burch saved his header.
"We fell for a sucker punch even though we had tried to guard against it," added the boss. "And unfortunately we didn't get a chance to give them a sucker punch back."