Mick Bradshaw believes he may have uncovered two gems at Rayners Lane.
The Lane boss has an eye for young talent after getting his grounding in the game by coaching at Arsenal, Watford and Fulham’s academy systems.
He has seen those impressive production lines in action and has used his first season at Tithe Farm to experiment with a wide range of players in the yellow and green.
“A pleasing aspect of the job has been helping young players progress,” he said.
“Two of them, Julian Smith, a very versatile Centre midfielder, and Michael Hennessy, a left sided 18-year-old who made his debut in February, have been good finds.
“Both have the potential to at least reach Ryman Premier or Conference level if they really work at their game.”
Smith was named man of the match on Saturday as the Lane progressed to the fourth round of the BlueFin Challenge Cup with a 3-2 win over Easington Sports, Callum McCarroll, Chezney Cassell and Damilola Thomas getting the goals.
Bradshaw’s experimentation with a high volume of players was largely forced upon him following a mass exodus of players after the departure of ex-manager Dene Gardner in a summer of change at Tithe Farm.
Rayners Lane have no scheduled game this weekend, but return to the field on Tuesday when Milton United roll into town.