Sean McConville scored the winning goal as Stanley remain firmly in the promotion picture with a 2-1 win at Barnet.

An own goal and McConville’s 62nd minute solo effort got the Reds back to winning ways after their eight game unbeaten run came to an end against Oxford last Saturday.

It was a just what was needed for manager John Coleman, who had collected the SkyBet Manager of the Month award for September this week.

Dean Winnard came back into defence for the Reds, with Joe Wright on international duty, on what was Stanley’s first trip to Barnet’s new ground The Hive, following their move from Underhill.

Striker Billy Kee was the first to have a go on four minutes when his 20 yard effort was finger-tipped over by Bees keeper Max Crocombe.

Liam Wakefield then tried his luck for the Reds on nine minutes but his 30-yard effort was wide with Stanley forcing the early pace.

However Jason Mooney was called into action on 13 minutes when he had to jump high to collect Luke Gambin’s strike.

Stanley took the lead on 23 minutes when Josh Windass raced down the left wing and played in a low cross which Sam Togwell turned into his own net, giving keeper Crocombe no chance.

Windass did slot home minutes later but was ruled off side as the Reds couldn’t capitalise on their early dominance.

And it was all-square on 34 minutes when Michael Gash, who won the SkyBet Player of the Month award ahead of Matt Crooks, got the ball on the edge of the area and fired low under Mooney.

Barnet then came more into the game and played a number of balls in and around the box without testing Mooney.

Coleman had his say at half-time and Stanley started the second half strongly and, on 62 minutes, winger McConville scored a solo effort, racing down the right wing before finding the back of the net via the inside of the post to put the Reds ahead.

Frontman Kaid Mohamed came on for his Stanley debut on 68 minutes, replacing Windass, and it was the Reds who almost increased their lead with Piero MIngoia breaking quickly on 75 minutes but he was denied by the legs of Crocombe.

Striker Aaron McLean came on for the Bees – he had a good record against the Reds when playing for Grays Athletic and Peterborough – but he couldn’t find a way past Mooney in the latter stages as Stanley held on for the victory.