Evesham United boss Paul Collicutt remains optimistic over a double boost ahead of Sunday’s Southern League Division One West home clash with Swindon Supermarine (3pm) according to the Evesham Journal.

Just two wins in 10 league matches have pushed Evesham away from the play-off places into 10th position but they remain within touching distance.

The Robins lost 2-0 at Winchester City last weekend with Rob Carr and IK Hill on the scoresheet.

But Collicutt said: “We are hopeful Adam Mann can get back having missed the past few games.

“Both lads bring goals and we haven’t been scoring a great deal of late with opportunities coming and going.

“Swindon are a good footballing side. They tend to play the right way and it is usually entertaining when we go up against them.

“We know we will have our work cut out. They will get it down and play but that is something that will encourage us as well.

“Now is the time to rally the troops. People need to get behind one another in order to push on.

“There is still a lot of football to be played and we have faced most of the top sides now.

“As disappointed as I was to lose at Winchester, it was only our second defeat on the road.

“We looked pretty strong for the first 45 minutes and were the better side. But we didn’t continue in the same way. The two goals could have been avoided.”

Lorcan Sheehan and Matt Williams recently left the club on the back of a plethora of swoops on the Robins in the past couple of months.

It has diminished Collicutt’s squad, who are without a win in seven home matches, at a time when injuries have hit hard but he hopes to boost his artillery by bringing in a striker.

Collicutt added: “Sunday is massive for us. Our home form has not been as good as we would have liked. It is something we need to put to bed and I’d like us to do that sooner rather than later.