DOG Inn overturned a three-goal half-time deficit to secure all three points in an enthralling encounter at Wilson’s.
The champions were well below par in the first half, conceding the first goal in the 10th minute and two more around the midway point in the half.
With Dog struggling to create any chances worthy of note, a shock defeat appeared on the cards.
At half-time, goalkeeper James Scriven came outfield, with Joe Hudson replacing him in goal as Dog opted for a more attacking formation.
Early second-half pressure was rewarded when Luke Conti converted a penalty after a Stanley defender had been sent off for handball on the line. The fightback gathered momentum when man of the match Chris Heslop, on his debut, cut inside before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner.
Stanley were rocking, and within two minutes Dog were level, captain Oli McLean firing in from the edge of the box.
Victory was sealed when Oli Steele lashed home following more concerted Dog pressure.
Manager Simon Kerins was ecstatic: “I am so proud of all the players; the spirit and attitude in coming from three down will stand us in great stead for the rest of the season. We had to change things at half-time, but I always believed that we would win the game.”