BOSS Paul Collicutt insists “the door is very much open” for Sean Brain to make his mark at Evesham United.

The striker, who joined from Bromsgrove Sporting in the summer, dual registered with Studley in time to net twice in a 3-2 win over Chelmsley Town on Saturday.

Brain arrived at the Jubilee Stadium having notched 13 times in 18 starts and 22 substitute appearances for the Rouslers en route to last season’s Midland Football League title.

But having stepped up to Southern League football for the first time, his new gaffer believes the prolific Evesham & District Sunday League hotshot needs to “be patient”.

“Sean called to say he had the chance of a bit of playing time and asked whether we would mind, which we didn’t,” said Collicutt.

“He got two so that would have done his confidence the world of good.

“It proves how keen he is to get back in the swing of things at our place. The thing he has to remember is he hasn’t played at our level before.

“He has always done okay, with Bromsgrove in particular, and is a local lad who wants to do well. He just has to be patient.

“I genuinely believe in him. Getting his first goal or two will help and we are here to encourage him, I am sure he will get an opportunity to get into the side.

“We all need a goal scorer and there is no doubt he knows where the back of the net is. Gerry (Oldham, assistant) and I had a chat with him last week and we all know what to expect from each other.

“We will push and encourage him as much as we can, the door is very much open.”

Brain was due to be Evesham’s squad for last night’s Southern League Division One South trip to Slimbridge with Saturday’s trek to AFC Totton (3pm) next on the agenda.

“Totton try to play football in the right way and have brought in a few new signings over the summer. I expect nothing less than a very hard game,” added Collicutt.

“They have a good strike force and signed the lad Stuart Green from Salisbury. They will be a tough nut to crack, that’s for sure.”