20th Oct, 2018

Strikers must find scoring touch - Smith

Bromsgrove Editorial 7th Nov, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

MANAGER Paul Smith has urged his misfiring strikers to find their ‘scoring boots’ as Bromsgrove Sporting aim to keep their dream of promotion alive and kicking.

The Rouslers will return to Midland Football League Division One action tomorrow (Saturday) to face Pelsall Villa after suffering back-to-back cup exits.

And Smith said he expects to see a reaction from his front-men at the Victoria Ground as he looks to get his seventh placed Sporting side firing on all cylinders.

“We are not scoring enough goals,” he said. “From the very first game against Southam where we should have won 10-1 and drew all the way through to now, we have not been good enough.

“You only have to look at the goal-scoring charts. Hinckley, Nuneaton Griff, Coventry United and Leicester Road have all got one or two players that are hitting nearly 20 goals or over 20 goals now.

“Our leading scorer is Reece Hewitt who has got eight playing from midfield and the next closest are the two centre halves on five and four.

“It is not good enough, especially when you have the likes of Josh McKenzie, Sean Brain, Connor Collins and Sammy Wills at the club. They know themselves they are not scoring enough goals at the moment and they are have got to start finding their scoring boots soon because we are all under pressure at the moment and our strikers are under more pressure than most.”

Smith said he was pleased with the way his side performed against Highgate United as they struck late to force the Polymac Packaging Midland Football League Cup tie into extra time before losing 5-3.

However, he insisted they could have avoided crashing out of the FA Vase to Dunkirk if they had found their finishing touch.

“If we had our scoring boots on on Saturday we would have scored seven as we had seven great chances and that’s without including Reece Hewitt’s penalty,” he said.

“If we had finished that game 7-2 up no one would have complained, but we missed clear cut chances.

“We know we have got to look to start scoring some goals somewhere along the line. If we don’t then changes are going to have to be made.”

Bromsgrove are set to welcome back Simon Fitter, Craig Jones, Liam Spink and Ollie Gibson to take on 14th placed Pelsall.


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