THERE was only one talking point after Stanley's Friday night clash - what a goal!
All the Reds fans - and players - were in awe of Michael Welch's 35 yard strike 12 minutes from time which gave Stanley a spectacular deserved equaliser.
It is unlikely anyone, even Premier players, could score a better goal after the 23-year-old took the ball down on his chest in the centre circle, raced forward and struck it beautifully and it was always rising into the top of the net.
"I am sure Ian Craney will try and score a better one now," joked Welch who was delighted to score against a club he had trials at last year. "Him and Cav were moaning at me to pass but I took a touch and there was only one thing I was going to do.
"Once I hit it I knew it was in. I was going to jump into the crowds to celebrate but, by the time I had reached them, I was shattered!
"I did used to score goals like that years ago but it is my first for a while. I was buzzing as it is always good to score whether it was from one yard or 35 yards.
"I am going to Sky Plus it and save it as I won't be scoring many like that. I have set myself a target of six goals and so that's one closer to it."
The goal though overshadowed what was a disjointed performance early on from the Reds. They conceded early against County and the home side looked in charge for the first 30 minutes and must have thought they were on track for their first win of the League Two season.
However, then John Coleman gave his team a stern talking to at half-time and a totally different side came out after the break and were unlucky not to clinch their second successive win in the new league.
"You wouldn't see a more Jekyll and Hyde performance," slammed Coleman. "In the first 20 minutes we couldn't get out of our last third and then we dominated the second half like that.
"It is heartbreaking because we have the quality in there, the will to win and the desire but for some reason, we have been slow out of the traps in three out of our four league games now.
"We are conceding goals far too early and giving ourselves a mountain to climb. We have to improve on that and there is no hiding from it.
"I was embarrassed by the way we started and proud at the end but I want them to make me proud for the full 90 minutes."
But he did raise a smile for Welch's goal - and admitted his own reaction to it took him by surprise.
"You won't see many goals like that. The moment it left his foot I knew it was in. It is very rare you see me up celebrating goals so for me to run the length of my pitch with my arms in the air, shows how much it meant"
It was a good job Welch's goal left the lasting reminder as the first 20 minutes were forgettable. Striker Glenn Murray seemed to get his head to everything with Adam Griffin's speed causing problems on the left wing. And the two combined in the 12th minute when the Stanley defence went AWOL with Griffin playing a ball in and the unmarked Murray finishing well by clipping the ball into the net.
"It was really bad defending by us," said Coleman. "A couple of the defenders had a rush of blood but you can't just blame them - we have to defend as a team."
Although Ian Dunbavin wasn't really tested, the County frontline looked lively with Murray coming close to a second moments later.
But then Stanley seemed to find their feet towards the end of the half with Andy Todd heading just wide, Peter Cavanagh sending a free kick inches over the crossbar and Craney's strike sailed the wrong side of the upright.
There was huge appeals for what seemed a certain penalty after the break when Craney, lining up to shoot, went down under an Ashley Williams challenge - but referee D Foster waved play on. Then Craney's goalbound free kick hit the wall and deflected wide - and the referee gave a goalkick.
Stanley must have felt everything was going against them as County keeper James Spencer then finger-tipped a Todd header over and he did the same with a superb Rommy Boco chance.
It could have gone either way and with 12 minutes left it was getting desperate - but step foward hero Welch.
And sub Sean Doherty could have taken all three points from Edgeley Park as the keeper was stranded when he got the ball - but he fired wide of the empty net in the final minutes.
"It was a massive goal," admitted Welch. "We were slow and sloppy in the first 20 minutes. But then we had chances and should have had a penalty and their keeper made a couple of good saves. We needed to score because we were on top creating chance after chance.
"But defending is my bread and butter and I am more concerned about keeping clean sheets than goals. Still it was a bonus - and I could see my dad Ernie smiling behind the goal!"
And, as the Stanley Ultra's fans sing about Craney's "cracker at Morecambe Bay", they will have to think of an even better song for Welch's goal now!