GOALKEEPER Danny Alcock seems to have to overcome one hurdle after another as he battles to become Accrington's No 1 goalie.
The 21-year-old is desperate to get a run of games in the Conference but so far has been thwarted in his bid.
He signed for Stanley in July 2004 but Jon Kennedy returned to the Interlink and became first choice and, even when Kennedy suffered a long term injury, a couple of loan goalies came in and Alcock played just five league games.
Then, this season after Stuart Jones was forced to retire with an ankle injury after just two games, it looked like he would get his chance on the Saturday against Cambridge.
But August 17 is ingrained in his memory after the former Stoke and Barnsley shot-stopper broke his arm diving for a ball in a reserve game at Clitheroe the Wednesday before the Cambridge clash and was sidelined for 14 weeks.
Alcock made his return to the squad last week as he was on the bench for Stanley's win over Forest Green.
And he was hoping he might get a first team slot soon as Premier League keeper Darren Randolph finishes his three month loan spell tomorrow but boss John Coleman has brought in fellow Charlton shot-stopper Robert Elliot so Alcock will be again battling to be the No 1 choice.
"We will just have to see what happens," said Alcock. "But it has been the most frustrating few months - it has been dreadful.
"It was a sickener breaking my arm and I just seem to have had so much bad luck while I have been here.
"I hate watching at the best of times so it has been really hard work.
"But it was a relief to be back in training and it is totally different now having Andy Dibble as a goalkeeping coach as the keepers work together and get specialist treatment which we need. It is so much better."
And he has enjoyed working alongside Republic of Ireland Under 18 international Randolph.
"I have been impressed with him. He is a good keeper and he will play at a higher level than the Conference. He is a nice lad as well and it has been good training with him.
"But I am pleased for all the lads as they have done well. They have gone on a great run since getting knocked out of the FA Cup and we have got to keep it going now.
"I am just dying to be playing again. I have played one reserve game at Southport and I do feel quite confident diving for the ball despite what happened.
"I haven't had that much of a test though and it has been a long time, but I just have got to carry on being patient and, fingers crossed, I will get my chance. I just need to have that bit of luck which I haven't had at all yet."