ACCRINGTON Stanley manager John Coleman has issued a rallying call to the fans to come and support their team on Saturday in what is a massive game.
The Reds face fellow Conference play-off chasers Scarborough with both managers agreeing that it is a must-win game for the both sides.
And Coleman is hoping to have the vocal support of Stanley's army behind his side to spur them to what would be a vital victory in their bid for a top five spot.
The Reds chief has said he may also have a new player in his side as he confirmed he has been talking to a striker this week and is hopeful of him lining up against Boro on Saturday .
"I am still trying to get a striker in and if I do he will play some part," he said as the Observer went to press. "But it is a huge game. It's a game we need to win especially as some of the teams are in the Trophy and we have a chance to make up some ground."
Stanley, who have picked up seven points out of the last 15, dropped down to 12th place in the league after not playing at the weekend while they take on 13th place Scarborough with the Reds three points off the play-offs and Boro four.
"Every game seems to be a watershed for us - every game is like a cup final," continued the boss. "We have got to win our homes game and I hope the air around the town is a bit more positive and the fans who come and support us are a bit more positive and more of them come.
"There has been some doom and gloom and it doesn't do anyone any good. I didn't think we played that badly in our last league game against Tamworth but we lost and there has been a lot of disappointment. But one win and everything changes and that is what we have to do on Saturday.
"We need to stay positive because, come the end of the day, we are probably in a healthier position than the club has even been since it re-formed and we can go on from there. And I have never seen a league so close. We still have a realistic chance of making the play-offs and we will only do that if everyone gets behind us and we have a good push."
Scarborough beat Stanley 4-0 earlier in the season and Coleman knows they are a big threat. "They have two lively forwards and midfielder Neil Redfearn scores a lot of goals but we have players who are difficult to play against and Lee McEvilly is running into a bit of form. If he is playing well, he is a handful.
"They have been up and down like us this season but we do owe them one for the 4-0 loss as our performance didn't deserve that on the day."
Hitman McEvilly has scored two goals in the last two games to take Stanley into the Northern quarter-finals of the Conference Cup and semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Marsden Trophy but he needs to reproduce that in the league.
This is especially as Boro boss Nick Henry is up for this game as well.
"Every game from now to the end of the season is massive and this one will be no different," said the Scarborough boss.
"The Accrington game is a real six-pointer, they are in a similar position to us, just tucked in there underneath the play-off places, so they will be as keen to win as we are. This is a start of a tough run of games for us, but now would be the perfect time to put a good run of results together to bring us back into promotion contention."
Stanley have an equally tough run with FA Cup heroes Exeter, leaders Barnet and play-off hopefuls Halifax next but Coleman says all his focus is on the Boro game.
"We are not looking any further ahead as, if you do, you get sidetracked. All I know is we have to win on Saturday."
Defender Steve Halford was expected to go out on loan to Droylsden today until the end of the season.
"Steve has struggled to get into the side with Flynny and Rocky. He is going to get fit and play. He has done well for Accrington and is still part of the squad."
Meanwhile striker Lutel James is still not ready for his comeback following his broken foot at the Bloods. "He is still seeing a doctor so we are waiting to hear," said Coleman.