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DEAN Calcutt is hoping that now he has opened his Conference account there are more goals to come from him this season.

GOAL: Delight for Dean Calcutt after notching against Halifax
GOAL: Delight for Dean Calcutt after notching against Halifax

DEAN Calcutt is hoping that now he has opened his Conference account there are more goals to come from him this season.

The right-winger scored the second goal in the 2-1 win over Halifax on Saturday which reignited the Reds play-off push with nine league games left. With a huge match at second-placed Hereford on Saturday followed by a long trip to Dover to face Margate on Tuesday, Stanley need all their players to be on top form.

And Calcutt, who is hoping to earn a full-time contract next season, thinks he can add to his tally if he starts the games - despite suffering with a hernia and having to take painkillers.

"I have usually scored more than ten a season when I am playing regularly so it was nice to get one in the Conference," said the 28-year-old. "I know I am capable of scoring goals and I have been coming close. After Steve (Flitcroft) scored on Saturday I said to him that it would be good if we could both score as neither of us had managed it this season."

Calcutt, who made his first start in a league game since November after scoring four in the reserves last week, is waiting for a hernia operation which could come through any day and then he will be out for six to eight weeks.

"I was wary of it at first but I haven't felt it as much in the last few weeks although I know I need an operation. I would have it done tomorrow if I could, to get ready for next season."

It has been a stop-start season with a wrist injury and the hernia but he does hope he has done enough to win a place in the starting eleven on Saturday in a game John Coleman says Stanley "can't afford to lose."

The other fixtures see leaders Chester taking on promotion hopefuls Morecambe and play-off contenders Exeter and Aldershot battling it out against each other. It would be a vital three points if Stanley could take them.

"It is just one of those weekends where you can't afford to lose," said the Reds chief. "With the other fixtures, we can't get beat. We have beat Hereford once already this season and I know they will say they have improved but there is no reason why we can't do it again.

"Their striker Steve Guinan has done well for them but they have a number of good players. But so have we and the Halifax win has hopefully given us the lift we need."

And then its struggling Margate.

"We won't take anything for granted," said Coleman. "Northwich were struggling and they took four points off us - we have just got to concentrate on what we can do."

Steve Hollis is again available after a two-match suspension although he has a knee injury. He is vying for the left back slot with new signing Jerome Fitzgerald who stepped up to Conference level and played the full game against Halifax.

"He did well. We have worked on a few things in training with Jerome since then, he knows what we expect and he is keen to learn," said Coleman.

And keeper Jamie Speare has been training this week after injurying his knee in the reserve game last week and missing Saturday's game. Defender Gordon Armstrong was the deputy keeper on the bench.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams sits out both games this week and then will have finished his five match suspension but will face a battle to win his shirt back from Darran Kempson or Steve Halford. And Jonathan Smith is another who is looking to get back into the first team. He has been unable to win a place back after a knee and wrist injury.

"Jonathan is out of the team at the moment but I have had a chat to him and he knows he can still play a part this season and that I hope he will be here next season," said Coleman. "He held off Steve Halford earlier in the season and now it is up to him to try and win the shirt back."

Meanwhile, Coleman is hoping to have Lee McEvilly back at some stage. The striker's contract is up at Rochdale in the summer but he was recalled from his loan spell at Stanley because of a Spotland injury crisis. "I have spoken to Lee and he is keen to come back. Hopefully we will sort something out," added the Reds chief.

  • FORMER Stanley signing Justin Jackson is training with Chester City.


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