George Miller offered a taste of what hopefully is to come with a wonder goal against Scottish Premier League side St Mirren.
The former Preston midfielder hit a strike from the edge of the area into the top corner of the net in the Reds’ penultimate game before the season starts.
"It’s nice," said Miller, 20. "It’s another pre-season game under my belt and nice to get the goal.
"It was a good performance by the lads in the second half. In the first half we started a bit slowly but it was a good result against a good SPL side.
"All I tried to do was to get the shot on target. I did score a couple like that for Preston so it’s nice to carry that on.
"I am more pleased it’s my first 90 minutes and gets all my rustiness out."
St Mirren, who were watched by Liverpool’s Charlie Adam as his brother Grant was in goal for them, finished sixth in the SPL last season and are close to match-fitness as they start their season tomorrow.
But, especially defensively, Stanley had a grip on the likes of former Burnley striker Steven Thompson.
Craig Lindfield, Toto Nsiala, Dean Winnard and Michael Liddle made up the Reds backline with ex-Millwall and Tranmere keeper Tony Warner in goal for Stanley, following a stint in New Zealand.
And the 38-year-old produced some superb saves, including denying Thomas Reilly with his legs in his first half while Adam in the Saints goal produced a stunning one-handed save from Nsiala’s strike on the stroke of half-time.
Boss Paul Cook has made no secret of his search for a striker and, while building up nicely, the Reds were lacking a real threat up front in the first half.
But Miller said they talked about it at the break and the whole team came out with a more attacking threat after the break with new signing, winger Aidan Chippendale, making a couple of breaks on the left, right-back Lindfield running down the wing and Will Hatfield making inroads while a French trialist, recommended by Reading’s George Santos, caused a couple of problems.
However, it was all attention on the other end when Warner produced a superb fingertip save to keep out a Jim Goodwin free kick, an athletic stop which will do his chances of earning a Stanley contract no harm at all.
The various subs were made during the half and, not long after Cook made four in one go, St Mirren scored when Jack Smith found space on the right and crossed for Thompson to beat Warner on 73 minutes.
However the lead lasted only three minutes before Miller produced his wonder strike.
Stanley keeper Ian Dunbavin was the Reds’ striker for the final few minutes after the French trialist went off with a thigh injury.
But Miller admitted it was a satisfactory show from Stanley with the August 18 kick-off in mind – and Carlisle the week before in the Capital One Cup.
"St Mirren are quite a bit ahead of us in pre-season and are that bit fitter than us but I thought we coped better in the second half, when we were pressing them higher up the pitch, and we got our rewards," continued Miller.
"We reacted immediately after they scored and these are the things you have got to be looking for. There are going to be hard times in the season where we are going to have to have that character to come back."
Miller admitted that the legendary team spirit at Accrington is still there going strong into the new season despite a new-look squad.
"The lads have come together nicely. The gaffer has got us doing things that are bringing us together and it’s showing now," he added. "We have been doing all sorts to bring us together. We went away for a couple of days earlier this week but we have worked hard with Les Parry’s long runs certainly helping team spirit.
"The likes of Bav (Ian Dunbavin) and Toto are big characters in the dressing room and you need those type of people."
It is, though, a youngish team and Miller admits he is still learning but will willingly bear the responsibility of chipping in with goals in the new campaign.
"There are youngsters in the team and there are a couple of things shape-wise that the youngsters can learn but the gaffer is drilling us all the time in training," he said.
"As a midfielder I am looking to pick the ball up in those positions and get a shot away.
"Everyone knows their own roles. The lads further up the pitch – that’s their job to get the goals – and me and Luke Joyce in our position have our own jobs.
"I think the goals have got to come from everyone in the side."
And Miller hopes he can repeat his goal scoring in a league game where it counts.
"I hope so but just to be part of the first team is brilliant and I am really excited about the season," he added.
STANLEY: Warner, Lindfield, Nsiala, Winnard, Liddle, Joyce, Miller, Hatfield, Clark, Chippendale, Gray. Subs: Murphy, Eckersley, Dixon, Barnett, Hatch, Dunbavin, Two triallists.