ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman will be on his guard against a possible new look strike force at Scarborough on Saturday.
Boro boss Nick Henry is hopeful of adding Chester hitman Darryn Stamp to his squad in time for Saturday- and he did also ask about Deva livewire Daryl Clare.
Stanley know all about both of them from playing Chester last season. Stamp hasn't figured much in this campaign after injury but striker Clare, who has scored 47 goals in 52 starts at the Deva, is on his way back from injury but is likely to stay at Chester.
Stanley boss John Coleman admitted: "That would be interesting but we will have to see what happens."
Coleman, though, is just concentrating on his own squad as they look to build on their victory over Hereford and the goalless draw with Aldershot last Saturday which kept them in sixth place in the Nationwide Conference.
"We need a win going into a couple of cup games," said the boss. "About ten teams can make the leap into the top five at any given time and everyone is jockeying for position.
"Any defeat seems to be a bitter blow but no one has got away from us, apart from Barnet."
Stanley have been working on crosses in training and the boss is hoping it will pay off on Saturday.
"More crosses into the box will improve our game and we have been practising them all week - and practising getting players into the areas to make the crosses.
"Hopefully we will see the results at Scarborough. They have a lot of quality and Neil Redfearn is one to watch. They had lost their way a bit last season but Nick Henry has come in and given them a little bit more professionalism. They have had some good results this season."
Defender Steve Halford is still at least a week away from making a return after a broken leg while Jonathan Smith has a sore back but is expected to carry on after impressing in the last three league games.
And midfielder Andy Procter made a stunning return at Aldershot after a pre-season injury, playing the full 90 minutes.
"He was magnificent. He will be playing the first two or three games on adrenalin," said Coleman.
Left back Chris Butler, signed from Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, has been working on his fitness.
"He hasn't played many games and he played two for us and it caught up with him. He was physically exhausted. A couple of games in the reserves should do him the world of good."
Meanwhile Rory Prendergast is recovering after a hernia operation last week.
"I had 40 stitches - 20 on each side and it is hurting a bit," said the winger who was under the knife for three hours. "But I am hoping to be back at the club on Monday to start swimming and building my strength up and getting my fitness back."
And goalie Jon Kennedy's operation to insert a pin and a plate in his broken leg last Friday also went well.
"It went okay. Now I just have to stay off my feet for another week and then start rehab," said the keeper.
- THE supporter's coach to Scarborough will leave the Crown Pub at 10am. The cost is £10. To book call Steve Lowe on 07775 704 072.
- FORMER Stanley loan player Anthony Gerrard suffered a horrific knee injury in Everton Reserves 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Tuesday. The defender was taken to Southport Hospital and stayed overnight but Everton were waiting for a scan to know the full extent of the injury.
- STANLEY reserves beat Morecambe 5-1 last Friday and and are at Leigh on Saturday (ko 1pm).