Kal Naismith was on target for Stanley in their penultimate friendly at Conference side Altrincham.

James Beattie once again started with a strong Stanley side – only goalkeeper Iain Turner and left back Jordan Mustoe were not signed up to the Reds.

However the Stanley boss also gave the youngsters a chance after the break with several of the youth team coming on to face the Robins – the youngest was 15-year-old midfielder Roman Hickey.

Altrincham had a familiar face in their line-up as ex-Stanley captain Peter Cavanagh has signed for them this season.

The first chance fell to Stanley’s Nicky Hunt but the midfielder couldn’t find the target while Naismith’s free kick was pushed out by Robins keeper Dave Parton.

Mustoe, who began his career at Wigan and was at Morecambe last season, had a shot from distance which Parton did well to hold onto.

Stanley opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Naismith unleashed a free kick which Parton could do little about.

Striker James Gray came close to a second when he was set up by Mustoe but his effort skimmed the top of the crossbar.

Iain Turner’s first real action was just after the half hour when he got down low to deny Sean Williams.

He had to do more just before the break, though, when former Fleetwood winger Ryan Crowther got in front of the Stanley defence but Turner pushed away the effort to leave it 1-0 at half-time.

Brett Ormerod, Liam Goulding and Josh Windass came on for the Reds at the break, replacing Luke Joyce, Adam Buxton and Gray.

However it was Altrincham who drew level when Crowther got the ball in front of the Reds defence and, with only Turner to beat, slotted the Robins level.

George Bowerman almost put Stanley back in front but keeper Parton denied him while Naismith fired wide from a decent position.

Beattie then made a flurry of substitutions with several Stanley youth team players getting their chance.

And one of them James Jenkins did force a save out of Parton as the visitors looked for the winner in a competitive clash.


ASFC: Turner, Buxton, Aldred, Atkinson, Mustoe, McCartan, Hunt, Joyce, Naismith, Bowerman, Gray

Subs: Simpson, Liddle, Windass, Ormerod, Goulding, Jenkins, Hickey, Hartley

ALTRINCHAM: Parton, Densmore, Griffin, Cavanagh, Marshall, Williams, Richman, Moult, Perry, Williams, Crowther

Subs: Havern, Leather, Wilkinson, Reeves, Coburn, Gillespie, Brown, King

CROWD: 261