LOCAL LAD Jonathan Smith is hoping he can seize his chance after being recalled from his loan spell for Saturday's Conference clash at Dagenham.
Defender Smith has been out on loan at Barrow but injuries to the Stanley backline has led boss John Coleman to recall the 28-year-old.
Steve Halford has a broken leg and will be out for at least a month while Robbie Williams is struggling with a groin strain.
Stanley have taken 18-year-old Everton defender Anthony Gerrard - the cousin of England's Steven - on a month's loan but Coleman is also looking at Smith to play his part.
"We have recalled Jonathan to the squad and signed Anthony," said the boss. "Anthony has a good attitude and will do well. He was recommended to me by a number of people and has come through the ranks at the highest level."
Smith, meanwhile, is just pleased to get a chance after playing a starring role in his six matches for Barrow - including being made captain.
"I now get a chance to show John what I am capable of," said Smith. "I have enjoyed my time at Barrow and I don't like leaving them in the lurch but I have wanted to put on a Stanley shirt as a full-time professional and now hopefully I will get my chance.
"It is ironic really as last year I was in the team for Dagenham but injured my back and neck on the way down and missed the game and then lost my place to Hacker (Steve Halford).
"Now I get my chance to win my place back at Dagenham. I am delighted though and I can't wait. It could be the first time, as a full-time pro, that I am part of the squad for a Conference game. I don't know if I will be involved but I hope so."
The Reds are also struggling in defence as left back Stuart Bimson's loan spell finished after last week's goalless draw with Woking.
But the 34-year-old Cambridge player would like to come back to the Interlink and Coleman thinks he can wrap up a deal before the weekend.
"We are continuing talks and he could play against Dagenham if a deal is sorted out," said Coleman.
And Bimson said: "I want to make the deal permanent and I am hoping we can sort something out.
"I have gone back to Cambridge but time will tell.
"I could only do a month's loan as my children are in nursery and I couldn't take them out for too long but I want to sign permanently."
Meanwhile, midfielder Andy Procter is on the road back to recovery. It was thought he would need an operation on the knee he injured in pre-season but he has now been given the all-clear to resume training.
The Dagenham game is too soon for him but he will have bad memories of that trip anyway. He was sent off there last season but Stanley kept fighting and secured a valuable 1-0 win - one of only two league away victories all season.
John Still's side did start off strongly in this campaign with three wins but they have lost their last two matches.
"They will be looking to get their season back on track," said Coleman.
"They have started okay but fallen off but I have said all along the season will only pan out after ten games.
"I know we had to hang on a bit last season against them but I think it was one of our best performances of the season."
And he knows his new-look defence will have to keep a tight rein on Daggers striker Christian Moore.
"I have known him since his Burton days and he is a player I have admired. He has started the season brightly and will be one we have to keep an eye on."
Stanley were travelling down on Friday and will be training at West Ham's training ground.
"That is good for the lads and I will make my decisions about the team from there," added Coleman.
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