WAYNE OLIVER has called on his partially fit Droitwich Spa strikers to ‘prove their worth’ at Leamington Hibernian this weekend as leading scorer Nick Seabourne is unavailable.
With 25-goal Seabourne away on holiday, the Spa joint-boss has James Lemon, Louis Bridges and Macauley Finch as attacking options for Saturday’s clash at 13th placed Hibernian.
However, all three of them are yet to reach full fitness after recovering from injury and with the Midland League Division Two leaders eyeing promotion, Oliver is calling on the trio to ‘step up to the plate’.
“Not having Nick available this weekend is not ideal but we have to learn to play without him,” he said.
“We are certainly going to miss his strength and aerial presence but we have more than enough options in James, Louis and Macauley.
“Even though I have got three strikers, there’s not one completely fit one among them so they are going to have to step up to the plate and prove their worth.
“By no means will Leamington be an easy game as they are an ever-improving side – their current league position counts for nothing.”
Lemon, who had been out for two months with a quadriceps injury, came on from the bench on Saturday to score the final goal in Spa’s 7-0 trouncing of basement side Continental Star in front of 101 fans at the King George Playing Fields.
Haydn Morris’ brace and strikes from Jamie Smith and Bridges gave the Saltmen a 4-0 half-time lead before Bridges and Matthew Hunt added goals five and six in the second half.
The scoreline could have been even bigger if it wasn’t for wasted chances, something which is starting to irk Oliver.
“It’s the story of our season, we create 20 chances a game but can only put four of them away,” he added.
“The players got the job done and did exactly as we asked but it’s disappointing when easy chances go begging.
“There was some complacency too which frustrated me.
“Players need to realise they have to earn the right to win, not just turn up and think they can win a game of football.”