Andre Brown bidding to end barren AFC Telford run
Boss Gavin Cowan has told out-of-luck AFC Telford United striker Andre Brown to back himself as he bids to solve his goal woes.
The speedy 22-year-old, signed from Kidderminster, has gone five matches without finding the net.
He had an effort cleared off the line after coming off the bench as the Bucks were beaten 2-1 at Warrington Town in the FA Cup on Saturday.
“He’s got to find a way,” said Cowan.
“On Saturday, as a team, we needed to find a way to win but we didn’t.
“With Andre, we can’t do that bit for him. We’ve given him all the tools – like all the players – to go out there and do it.
“It’s up to them when they cross that white line. It’s very difficult to control that (as a manager).
“You can tweak it but it’s up to them at the end of the day.
“It’s the same with Andre. He’s got to find it within himself to get that goal.
“I have no doubt once he does that he’ll go on and score even more.”
Brown joined Telford from National League North rivals Kidderminster Harriers in the summer, having turned down fresh terms at Aggborough, and has scored twice for the Bucks.
Daniel Udoh has been the main man up front for Cowan and is the top scorer having struck 11 times across all competitions.
Brown, Amari Morgan-Smith and Matthew Barnes-Homer have been battling it out for a starting spot alongside Udoh.
All three have had game time in recent weeks but have not netted.
Brown’s last goal was at Leamington on August 27. Morgan-Smith’s one and only strike came in the season-opening 1-0 win against Southport. Barnes-Homer is goalless.
Brown has now made seven starts and five appearances as a substitute, and Cowan added: “Initially, you’ve got to find the courage, haven’t you?
“It’s the courage to keep getting in positions when it’s not quite coming off.
“Obviously we really want that for him, but he’s got to go and earn it.”
Brown was released by Crewe Alexandra – where he played alongside Udoh – a couple of years ago and has also had spells at Worcester City and Rushall Olympic.
He had a trial at Premier League outfit Leicester City a couple of campaigns ago as well.