John Coleman says he is pleased with his forward options, ahead of Stanley’s Sky Bet League Two season opener with Colchester on Saturday.

Billy Kee rounded off pre-season with a hat-trick during the 5-0 win at Southport and has shown signs of a strong partnership emerging with new summer signing Kayden Jackson.

Jackson arrived from Barnsley earlier this month, while Hull loanee Jonny Edwards has impressed his manager since returning for a second spell.

“We had a great intensity to score more goals [on Saturday] which was pleasing to see,” said Coleman. “It was a great time for Billy [Kee] to grab a hat-trick, we all know at this club what Billy is about and when he gets it right he’s as good as anyone.

“We’ve got some great options up front now, we’ve got Kayden [Jackson] who’s formed a good understanding with Billy and we’ve got Jonny Edwards back who has been fantastic, he’s been a real breath of fresh air since he returned this summer, we’re really pleased with him.

“Then we’ve got Mekhi McLeod who’s a real bag of tricks, he’s a handful for anybody, it’s great to have these options and they’re all pushing really hard for starting places.

“There’s no set starting 11 for us at the moment, I’ve got a difficult week coming up now ahead of the Colchester game and there’s plenty of decisions for me to make. I’m hoping we can turn in some good training sessions and that the lads will be simmering come Saturday three o’clock.”

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s fixture at The Wham Stadium priced at £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and just £5 for under 12s accompanied by a paying adult.