MANAGER Paul Smith hopes Sean Brain is back to his ‘unstoppable’ best after netting a hat-trick in Bromsgrove Sporting’s midweek mauling of Malvern Town.
A string of misfiring showings led Smith to drop the 20-year-old from the starting line-up, slipping behind new recruits Connor Collins and Kyle Turner in the pecking order.
However, Brain responded with an impressive performance on Tuesday night as his three goals guided the Rouslers to a 4-1 victory in the quarter-final of Worcestershire Senior Urn.
And Smith said has urged the former Stratford Town youth frontman, who scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for Bromsgrove last season, to use it as a platform to kick on.
“I love Brainy to bits,” Smith said. “He is a lad I have had for a while and we have got a very good relationship.
“He knows himself that he has not been firing as well as he did last year and it was getting to a point where he was making the wrong decisions in the final third, so we pulled him out for a while.
“But we have worked on him and he fully deserved a hat-trick on Tuesday as he looked unstoppable.
“He was back to the old Brainy that we all know and love, so hopefully he can kick on from here now for the rest of the season.”
After being rested against Malvern, Turner will be hoping to replace Brain in the side to face Littleton at Five Acres tomorrow (Saturday).
Littleton sit just three places below fifth-placed Sporting in the table and Smith admitted it was the first of a tricky batch of fixtures in Midland Football League Division One.
“It is away from home, which makes it tough and we have always had tough games against them,” he said. “But we have to take points from Littleton.
“We then have to take points from Nuneaton Griff and Hinckley because they are three sides with the same aspirations as ourselves, so it is a big month for us.”