NATHAN CLARKE makes his first McAlpine start in almost a year tomorrow determined to put Town in the play-off placings with a win against Torquay.
The 19-year-old defender is the first name on manager Peter Jackson's teamsheet as Town aim to register five successive wins for the first time in four years (when they notched six under Steve Bruce in Division I).
Jackson adds Paul Scott to the squad following his ban at Southend for the visit of Leroy Rosenior's fifth-placed side, who have eight-goal dangerman David Graham leading their attack against Clarke and his two defensive partners.
"It will be fantastic to run out at the McAlpine again and a clean sheet allied to a goal apiece from those two up front (Booth and Stead) would do very nicely indeed," said Clarke, whose last home start was against Wycombe in November 2002.
"It's a fantastic incentive to know that three points would take us above Torquay and probably into the play-off spots, and all the lads know it's a massive game for us.
"We just want to win for the fans, who have been brilliant all season, and to keep this good run going as long as we can."
While a clean sheet is top priority, Clarke's long throw will be a big part of Town's offensive effort against an unchanged Torquay side who have lost just once in seven matches.
"It's great to have some big guys to aim at," said Clarke, "and it paid off for Boothy last week, so hopefully we'll get another tomorrow to put us in the driving seat.
"I can't wait to get cracking, especially knowing our fans will be right behind us, and if we can climb up the table with a win it will be an excellent day."
With only two of the teams above Town playing at home tomorrow, Jackson is aware that opportunity knocks against a club who, on April 30, 1979, attracted Town's lowest ever home League crowd - 1,624.
It is 11 years since Torquay were last here, being beaten 4-0 as Town went into the play-offs, and Jackson was in the team.
"We have had Torquay watched, they've been going well and they will be coming here to make life difficult, so we have to be ready for our biggest home test so far," said Jackson, whose team have received a good-luck message from injured skipper Rob Edwards.
"It's a big game for everyone concerned, but we couldn't have more incentive than to go out and win and the fans have their part to play as well.
"They have been brilliant and we need them to keep the atmosphere going because it really is appreciated by the lads."
Striker Stead is looking for the goal which would take him into double figures in just 15 matches following his Division III Player of the Month award. Lee Fowler and Jon Worthington are just one booking away from bans as they go into the game.
Town - Gray, Mirfin, Clarke, Sodje, Yates, Carss, Fowler, Worthington, Schofield, Booth, Stead, Scott, Senior, Mattis, Holdsworth, Lloyd, Newby.
Torquay - Van Heusden, Woods, Taylor, Williamson, McGlinchey, Fowler, Russell, Hockley, Hill, Kuffour, Graham. Subs: Dearden, Wills, Benefield, Camara, Broad.
Referee - Carl Boyeson (Yorks).