Dennis Greene is calling on midfielders Danny Meadows and Michael Hollingsworth to prove they have what it takes to do the business at Boston United - following Jay Dowie’s ankle injury.
Dowie lasted just nine minutes of Saturday’s 3-2 pre-season friendly victory at Carlton Town before having to be carried from the turf by teammates.
He left the ground on crutches and missed the following day’s team photo call.
And with the midfield ballwinner out of action for an estimated period of between four and six weeks, manager Greene wants to see what his new boys can do in the middle of the pitch.
“It’s a big blow to us losing Jay, and it looks like it could be quite a bad one,” Greene told The Standard.
“He might be out for a month or six weeks, it’s a major blow to us. It’s an ankle injury.
“There’s not a lot we can do with a week to go to the season.
“Danny’s done well today and Michael, when he’s come on, has done well. So all it will mean will be one of them is given an opportunity.”
Meadows and Hollingsworth have both previously spent time on the books of Nottingham Forest and have both been signed on a non-contract basis.
It had been suggested that Hollingsworth could sign dual forms with Grantham Town and also turn out for the Gingerbreads this campaign.
However, due to Dowie’s injury, Greene is now keen to keep the player with the United first-team set-up.
Another midfield option could be Jake Hall, but the manager says his Pilgrims future is yet to be decided.
He added: “It depends on his commitment. He was meant to play in midweek against Peterborough (Northern Star) but he couldn’t because he was working.
“If players can’t make training or matches then it’s no good to us.
“I did say I’d take Jake on if he could commit to Boston. I’m disappointed he didn’t play.”
Young left back Connor Smythe, who arrived at Boston this summer, has joined Lincoln United to get some match experience.
Greene added: “He’s a good lad. He just needs to learn first-team football at a certain level.
“He’ll go into Lincoln United and that’ll bring him on.”