STUDLEY are hoping table-topping Evesham United’s competition for places could mean they secure goal-getter Sean Brain on a regular basis.
Brain, who played a key role in helping Bromsgrove Sporting to back-to-back titles, joined Evo-Stik South Division One South Evesham in the summer but has also signed dual registration forms for the Bees.
He marked his Studley debut last weekend with two goals in a last-gasp 3-2 win against Chelmsley Town in Midland League Division One. The Bees now have 12 points from seven games.
After being on the Evesham bench and yet to start a league game, Bees joint-managers John Edwards and Wayne Bunn hope Brain’s wish to play regular football could mean he features for Studley.
“Sean is happy at Evesham but he has been on the bench and he wants to play,” said Edwards. “I know he is speaking to Evesham manager Paul Collicutt to see how he views the situation.
“Fingers crossed, he might be able to feature for us. He certainly made a difference on Saturday.”
Despite the victory – and a return to goalscoring form after two goalless draw – Edwards was far from impressed with the display against Chelmsley. Dan Carter’s winner with the last kick of the game was harsh on the visitors, said the boss.
“I was happy with the three points and the three goals but the performance wasn’t great. It was probably one of our worst this season,” said Edwards.
“I felt sorry for Chelmsley because they deserved something from the game, but it just shows the importance of taking your chances.”
Studley’s attacking options will be boosted on Saturday when they seek an FA Vase upset at high-flying Midland League Premier Division side Boldmere St Michaels.
Jamie Clarke, who joined from Bromsgrove Sporting for a third spell at the Beehive, will be available after missing last weekend’s game and Edwards is excited by the prospect of seeing the former Evesham United forward spark the front-line.
“Boldmere will be a big test – they have only lost once in the first eight games,” said Edwards. “They will have the advantage of being at home on their 4G pitch but I think the surface will suit us.
“We need to play with confidence. If we do that we’re a match for anyone.”
The Bees will also have to rule out the unavailable Jake Donnelly, who made his debut last weekend, and Joe Adams, while Shay Palmer (ankle) and James Walker (fractured wrist) both picked up injuries last time out.