EVESHAM UNITED manager Paul Collicutt is stepping up his search for extra strikers after the shock exits of front duo Lee Smith and Ashley Edenborough.
The Robins have struggled for goals so far this season after netting in just two of the first six games of the season.
They suffered two blanks over the bank holiday, losing 2-0 at Chasetown to end their FA Cup hopes, and then returning with a goalless draw at Banbury in the Southern League Division One South & West.
Collicutt was already keen to bolster his strikeforce but the urgency will increase after Smith left for Cirencester Town and Edenborough moved to Swindon Supermarine.
The Robins boss explained Edenborough, a key figure in last season’s surge to take the runners-up spot after joining from Supermarine, had returned to his hometown club.
But the decision of former Worcester and Gloucester striker Smith to exit followed being dropped against Winchester Town two weeks ago.
“Lee has played in every game since I signed him,” said Collicutt. “I left him out against Winchester and he didn’t like it. The next thing I know there’s a seven-day approach from Cirencester.
“It’s disappointing but that’s the way it is. A player either wants to play for you or he doesn’t.”
Collicutt says there will be no panic as Evesham look to bounce back after last season’s play-off heartache.
He insists the squad is still the one which charged to a remarkable winning run but there have yet to fire.
“The personnel hasn’t changed for last season and I’ve got a good bunch. They showed what they could do last season and they can do it again,” said Collicutt.
“It’s been a slow start. I know the fans are frustrated and no-one is more frustrated than myself and the players. But there’s no panic.
“We’ve played six games, won two, drawn two and lost two. Defensively we have conceded three goals but we’ve only scored five. We’ve not scored as many as I would have liked.
“Against Chasetown in the Cup we didn’t play to our potential but against Banbury we played some good, attractive football and we were unfortunate not to win, especially after having a ‘goal’ disallowed. But that’s football and we have to look forwards, not backwards.”
He added: “We are looking to bring in a couple of new players into the squad. We know we need to get better, either with the players we’ve got or by adding a few new faces.”
Injuries have hardly helped Evesham and at least four players will miss tomorrow’s (Saturday) home fixture against Wimborne Town.
Jared Wilson (foot), Ashley Williams (calf) and Lewis Binns, out since Christmas, are recovering from injuries while Adam Mann is still building his fitness after missing pre-season while he was away in Australia.
Lance Smith is having treatment on a groin injury while Liam Harding also picked up a knock in the draw at Banbury. Both will face fitness tests.
United’s Cup exit means they have rearranged a league game for next Saturday, the scheduled next round of the Cup. Now Evesham will be away to Yate Town.