Wealdstone are facing an injury crisis as they go in search of a third straight Ryman Premier win at Tooting & Mitcham United on Saturday.
Gordon Bartlett's squad has been depleted by a spate of injuries and suspensions, prompting the manager to step up his search for new faces before the trip to Imperial Fields.
Skipper James Gray will serve a one-match suspension after picking up five yellow cards, while striker Greg Ngoyi will miss three games after being redcarded against Hendon last weekend.
Ben Clarke has returned from his spell at Buckingham with a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out for three weeks, while Carl Martin (groin) and Darren Locke (thigh) are expected to be out for a fortnight. Recent recruit Joe Stevens, meanwhile, is unavailable for selection at the beginning of February.
"Take that lot out of the equation and we are looking at the bare bones," said
Bartlett. "I have been looking to bring other players in, and will be doing that more intently this week. There are also some lads in the reserves I believe are capable of coming in and doing a job for us."
Whoever is in the first XI to face Tooting on Saturday will be ordered to give the Terrors a taste of their own medicine. Stones crashed to their heaviest home defeat of the season, 3-0, to Billy Smith's men at the end of September, a performance Bartlett describes as 'possibly our worst of the season'.
"We laid down and died against Tooting that day," admitted the Stones boss. "We owe ourselves a better display on Saturday in what will be another difficult game. Tooting are a strong, workmanlike side, but we will go there confident."
United's 1-0 win at Carshalton on Saturday ended a five-match losing streak, when they only managed to find the net twice.
Their top scorer, Paul Vines, hit two against Stones, and Bartlett is an admirer of his along with Michael Antonio, who has returned to his old club on a month's loan from Championship high-flyers Reading.
The 18-year-old winger has featured in several reserve games for the Royals and jumped at the chance to get some regular first team football under his belt.
Tooting's central defensive partnership will look familiar to Stones fans. Aaron Goode and Andrew Howell had loan spells with Bartlett's side last season. "They did very well for us and were players I would liked to have signed," revealed the manager.
"I'm looking forward to seeing them again on Saturday - as long as they come out on the losing side."