Wimborne at Jubilee on SUNDAY

After scoring 74 goals in the last two seasons, Lewis Powell is hoping he can help fire Evesham United to promotion this year.

The former Bristol Rovers professional has missed out in the play-off final twice, with Chippenham Town and Taunton Town.

He has now returned to Evesham from Taunton, having spent a brief period at the Jubilee Stadium just under two years ago. The 29-year-old will be in the squad for Sunday’s home match against Wimborne Town (3pm). Gloucester City have priority for Saturday as they are in the FA Cup.

“I’m confident I can contribute to a successful season if given a fair chance to play regularly,” Powell said. “I was made aware Evesham were interested in me and my situation at Taunton changed. I wasn’t having the game time I felt I deserved and thought it was for the best that I moved on. I am desperate to have a promotion as I’ve been a play-off finalist twice with Chippenham when lost to Nuneaton and with Taunton when lost to Banbury. “When Powell last arrived at Evesham, Lance Smith and Adam Mann were both in fine goalscoring form and he quickly moved on to Taunton. “My spell last time was short lived,” he said. “I have great respect for Colly (manager Paul Collicutt) and Gerry (Oldham, assistant) for showing they wanted me as some may have held a grudge for the past. “I moved on as I wanted the best chance to play and I scored 42 goals so I can’t say it was the wrong choice at the time.”

Mann remains at Evesham, but Smith left to join Hereford at the end of last season.

Evesham also have Greg Peel and loanee from Gloucester City Ethan Moore as their other main attacking options, with James Campbell set for a spell at Fairford Town.

Powell has also previously been with Weston-super-Mare and Frome Town, having graduated from the Rovers youth system and turned pro under Paul Trollope’s reign as manager along with the vastly experienced Lennie Lawrence.

Jordan Bryan is unavailable for the next two games, while Carl Brown is struggling with a hamstring problem. Leroy Odiero could return, while Brad Gray is expected to have recovered from illness in time to play.