Tariq Uwakwe scored a fine hat-trick just a day after signing on-loan from Chelsea as Stanley hit a youthful Leeds United side for seven in the EFL Trophy.

Stanley were 5-0 up at the break, and added two more after the break, to get their first win of the 2020/21 season.

Fellow loanee Ryan Cassidy scored twice with Dion Charles also on target, as was Cameron Burgess for the second game running.

While John Coleman named a strong side for the Group G tie, which includes Blackpool and Barrow, Leeds put out a side made up entirely of teenagers for their first ever match in the competition.

It took Stanley, and Uwakwe, just five minutes to get up and running as the midfielder pounced on a mistake to tap in to the empty net.

Burgess made it 2-0 on 14 minutes, breaking forward from 20 yards out before firing in to the bottom corner.

Leeds were forced into a change in goal shortly afterwards, with Harry Christy brought on as a substitute, quickly forced in to a save to deny Charles.

It wasn’t long before Stanley found their way beyond him however, Uwakwe getting his second of the night midway through the half as he fired home via the post after good work from Newcastle United loanee Mo Sangare, making his first start for the club.

They added a fourth on the half hour mark, good work from Cassidy present the chance for Charles to slide the ball home.

Seven minutes before the break Uwakwe turned provider as his looping ball in to the box found Cassidy who headed in his first for the club.

There was a double Stanley change at the break, when leading 5-0, as  Kevin Spinelli and Stephen Sama were introduced.

Just 10 minutes after the break it was six, Cassidy helping the ball over the line after it was flicked goalwards by Ross Sykes.

Midfielder Tom Scully came on for his Stanley debut on the hour mark as Stanley went in search of a seventh.

And that arrived with still 18 minutes to go, star of the show Uwakwe scoring a solo goal, albeit via a deflection, to complete the scoring.  

That meant Stanley got up and running in the competition of which they reached the quarter finals last season.