WORCESTER City striker Colby Bishop has hailed the influence of veteran hitman Lee Hughes after hitting a dramatic winner to see off AFC Telford United.
The 20-year-old netted in injury time to seal a 2-1 home win on Saturday, a result which further established Carl Heeley’s men in the top 12 of the National League North.
Bishop’s winner was his seventh goal of the campaign and the former Notts County youngster revealed he hoped to hit double figures by Christmas.
“I believe I can score goals, I always have,” he said.
“I always try and get to double figures before Christmas time and hopefully push on from there.”
Bishop came off the bench to replace Hughes who had put City in the lead after nine minutes in Saturday’s clash before the Blue and Whites were pegged back by Luca Havern.
And the young striker was full of praise for the former Albion, Coventry and Kidderminster forward and described him as ‘someone to look up to’.
“Finishing comes naturally for Hughesie and that’s why he’s scored the goals he has,” he said.
“Just watching him in training with his movement and the way he finishes is great for me as a young striker, he’s so composed.
“I’m working hard on my composure and always trying to hit the target.
“He’s someone you want on your time. He’s always talking to me on the pitch, telling me where to go and great to put it into action like we do.”
Bishop was also praised for his efforts by City boss Heeley who said: “Whether he’s started or come on, he’s always been a threat and you can’t ask more of him than that.”
The Blue and Whites travel to the North-west this weekend to tackle Salford City, who are part-owned by five former Manchester United players.
Salford have risen dramatically through the leagues in the past two seasons and Heeley said he expected a tough encounter for his men at Moor Lane.
“Salford are a very good side, they are very well backed and very ambitious so we know it’s going to be tough,” he said.
“I don’t expect wins, we have to go and earn them but we are well organised, with pace and I think we can pose problems for anyone.”
City will face Curzon Ashton twice in the space of 48 hours after being drawn against them in the FA Trophy third qualifying round.
The Blue and Whites will make the trip to the North-west on Saturday, November 26 and, providing there is no replay, will return to the same venue for a re-arranged league clash on Monday, November 28.