Stanley boss James Beattie was pleased with his players after they opened up their pre-season campaign with a 5-2 win at non-league New Mills.

A brace from Kal Naismith and goals from Marcus Carver, George Bowerman and Will Hatfield got the Reds off to a winning start.

Beattie felt that it was the next stage in a promising build up to the new season.

“I’ve been really pleased with the way the lads have come back in,” he said. “They look fit and were really good in the first week of training. We’re down at Champneys Springs in Leicestershire this week and they’ve looked really good.

“This was the first opportunity to get some game time under their belts and we switched it up with a few lads who are in training with us. We had two different elevens in the first half and the second half just to give everyone a share of the game and to have a look at the lads who are training with us and I was very pleased with how the lads played their first game of football.

“We said that we wanted to get the ball and if it was on to play then play and if it’s not on, put the ball into intelligent areas and try to be a bit more direct. I think that’s the way to play. We want to play football but if we don’t have that option we need to be able to go a bit longer and I think we did that well tonight.”