24th Oct, 2016

Robins urged to improve on five-star show

Evesham Editorial 23rd Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PAUL COLLICUTT watched Evesham United rattle up their best win of the season and then told his players: I want more.

The Robins finally found their goalscoring boots on Saturday to slam in five second-half goals – Lance Smith scoring four – to defeat hosts Bridgwater Town 5-0.

Manager Collicutt says the most important statistic was the conversion of goals to chances created and will urge a repeat when Evesham visit Paulton Rovers tomorrow (Saturday) and then entertain Yate Town on Tuesday.

“Saturday’s result speaks for itself,” said Collicutt. “Throughout the season, with the exception of one game, we have created chances. But we haven’t converted enough of those opportunities. We did that in the second half against Bridgwater but we need to do it more often.

“It was a good three points but there’s certainly room for improvement. The players know that, they know how I feel.”

Last weekend’s win pushed Evesham into ninth place in the Southern League South & West Division, two points behind fourth place.

But two games in four days will allow them to build the momentum to take into October.

After Paulton and Yate, Evesham have no scheduled game next Saturday following their FA Cup exit. But they are looking at trying to reschedule a league fixture.

Collicutt expects a tough test at Paulton, who are looking to bounce back after their relegation from the Premier Division last term.

The Robins will be forced into changing a winning team, with goalscoring hero Smith unavailable through work commitments. He should be back from a business trip to Geneva for the Yate match on Tuesday but his absence will allow Adam Mann the chance to impress.

“Lance scored four last week but he’s not available this weekend – that’s semi-professional football,” said Collicutt. “We’ll just get on with it.

“Adam has been on the bench in the last couple of games. He would be the first to admit he’s not setting the world on fire but he’ll have his chance.”

Collicutt added: “Paulton will be another test.

“Though they have had a stop-start season, Paulton have got some good players, especially the manager’s son Jordan Ricketts. We’ve got to pay them a lot of respect. It’s a difficult place to go, they’ve got a sloping pitch which they play well so we’ve got to be prepared.”

Evesham’s injury list continues to include Will Welland, who will be out for four to five weeks with a hamstring problem, while Sam Pearson faces a month outwith a quad muscle injury.

Jake Sloggett is back playing with Tuffley Rovers as he looks to boost his match fitness following injury.