ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is hoping his teenage stars can help guide the Reds to promotion to the Football League.
Stanley boast a crop of promising youngsters who are doing their bit to keep the Reds near the top of the table.
And they are full of confidence that they carry on doing just that...
Midfielder Anthony Barry, 19, hasn't missed a Conference clash yet this season.
He is one of the surprise packages in this campaign and the former Liverpool and Everton trainee admits he is shocked he has managed to see off older and more experienced midfielders and hold his place in the starting XI.
Barry came to Stanley towards the end of the last season on a week to week contract but was given a lengthier one and has secured a place in the Reds midfield alongside Ian Craney - and is determined not to be ousted.
"At the start of the season, me and Ian were both basically squad players with the likes of Ged (Brannan) and Procky (Andy Procter) in front of us," said Barry.
"But then we have come in, worked hard and played well together and kept the likes of Alan Navarro and Cookey (Paul Cook) out of the side.
"When I came at the start of the season, the gaffer was good enough to give me a contract and I wasn't sure what would happen but it has worked out well."
Barry feels he is lucky to be in such a position at Accrington after falling out of league football but he admits he anticipates playing back in the league soon with Stanley.
"We are a young fit side who work hard and we have a good mix.
"We have the younger players like me alongside the likes of Mullers (Paul Mullin) and Flynny (MIke Flynn), the older heads who are good to have around, and Ged earlier on in the season.
"So there is still a lot of experience and we have a lot of legs and are a fit side.
"The Conference is a high standard.
"When you drop down from the league you can have an arrogance and self-confidence but you soon realise that there are very good players at this level with lots of ability - like Ian Craney and Gary Roberts.
"It is a lot more physical than I thought it would be and is a higher standard but I can't see any reason why we won't go up.
"We are at leaders Grays tomorrow and everyone is raving about them but although they are strong going forward, they have drawn seven out of their 15 games and are only four points in front of us.
"If we can beat them, there is no reason why we can't go on and win the league. We are that confident."
Barry has enjoyed all the season in the central midfield role but his highlight so far, has been the victory at Dagenham.
"That was our first big game against a side in the top six and we went there and beat them 2-1 which was great for team spirit. I enjoyed that game."
He hasn't yet got a Stanley goal - and feels he could be waiting a while for one!
"It would be nice to just have a shot or even get near the goal!" he joked.
"But I am not there for scoring - my job is to set them up so I am not really bothered about that."
And one person who he hopes to set up is team-mate, travel partner and fellow teenager Andy Mangan.
The pacey forward is another of the youngsters who isn't short on confidence and the former Blackpool striker is keen to fire Stanley into the Football League - if he gets a chance.
"I want to be playing," said the 19-year-old.
"This season is a learning curve as I am not used to sitting on the bench but I guess I am going to have to just bide my time.
"The gaffer thinks Mullers and Browny (David Brown) work well together and I have to accept that even though I want to be in the team and, when I get a chance, I will make sure I take it."
Mangan has made his mark in the goals scored column though with three Conference goals - all off the bench - and one in the LDV Vans Trophy game at Rotherham along with another in the Hyndburn Trophy clash with Great Harwood.
"My favourite was the goal against Burton in the Conference in our 2-0 win. I came off the bench and curled it home from about 20 yards.
"I have got five goals and, with the minutes I have played, I think I have a good ratio. I have got to be happy though with five considering I have been on the bench for most of the games."
But what he doesn't care to remember is his miss against Scarborough where the score was 2-2 and, with virtually the last kick of the game, he ballooned the ball over from just yards out - although Gary Roberts, in the car with him, says it was more like one yard out!
"I have forgotten about that," he said, but other people haven't let him forget it.
"It is embarrassing that I missed from two yards. I couldn't believe it but I didn't expect the ball to come to me.
"I just swung at it and missed. I should have scored but I ballooned it over. I still get a lot of stick from the lads though."
He is desperate for his chance tomorrow to see off leaders Grays as he confidently predicts - if he comes on - he will make a difference.
"I know I will score," said the teenager. "I have watched Grays and their defence was poor so I am sure, if I get on, that I can get past them and we, as a team, can cause them problems.
"They have got two fast forwards but if we work hard, I reckon we will win 2-0. I am confident we will - and I will score one."
But, while he is yearning for a place in the starting XI, he is just happy to be at the Interlink.
"I am made up to be at Accrington Stanley," he said. "I am only 19, I want to do really well here and see what happens. We can do really well in this league.
"Exeter and Stevenage have beaten us but we could have beat them if we had taken our chances. We are playing better all the time and I think we can win the league.
"If we beat Grays we go into a run of 12 games which are all winnable and then we will be top - and we have got to stay there."
While Mangan is a confident character, team-mate Danny Ventre says the striker has no reason to be.
"Did he tell you he has been the worst trainer at the club in the last two weeks and has had to wear the "worst trainer" bib?" he laughed.
Ventre, 19, is glad to stay away from that unwanted bib but is just pleased to be wearing a Stanley shirt.
The former Liverpool schoolboy came to the club pre-season after spending three years at Chester.
He made his first substitute appearance at Dagenham but won a starting berth against Rotherham in the LDV vans Trophy, came on for injured Robbie Williams in the FA Cup draw with Worcester and has started the last two games.
"I have only got a six month contract so I am playing for a contract and have just got to concentrate on myself and my game," said Ventre.
"I am only a young lad and I knew at the start of the season that I would have to bide my time but I knew I would get a chance.
"I enjoyed the Rotherham game, York was hard as they have two strong, tall defenders which teams in the Conference seem to have. In the league they tend to be pacey and sharper but in the Conference, the strikers are stocky, big lads.
"But I just have to take it all as it comes and hope I get a new contract in December.
"It is a good life here and we have a good mix of experienced players and the younger ones. If you make a mistake, the other players tell you how to do better but we are all in it together.
"The Conference is a tough league, especially to get out of as everyone wants to play league football but hopefully we can get there."
As well as this trio, Stanley's on loan Charlton goalkeeper Darren Randolph is only 18 while Wigan loanees, centre half Phillip Edwards and Kevin Lee, both turned 20 earlier this month.