Kane Richards and James Alabi have led the line from the start this season for Chester FC .

Young and raw, the duo have endured plenty of ups and downs during the current National League campaign and haven't escaped criticism.

But it now appears that the faith shown in them by manager Jon McCarthy is paying off, with six goals between them in the last three games suggesting that a more prolific partnership could be in the offing.

And new assistant manager Chris Iwelumo, someone who spent his professional years as a striker in the higher echelons of the English game, believes that the duo possess the talent to prosper, but challenged them to realise their potential.

Chris Iwelumo on the touchline for Chester FC

"They are young players that have fantastic attributes," said Iwelumo, who was hired as McCarthy's number two on Tuesday .

"It is down to us letting them know how good they are. You get judged on goals and criticism comes no matter what and they have got to be able to handle that and not let it affect their game."

Alabi, more than most this season, has come in for some criticism from some sections of the crowd.

Jon McCarthy speaks on Richards and Alabi after 3-0 win over North Ferriby

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But there has always been the feeling that more was to come from the 22-year-old, and he showed just what he is capable of with a devastating performance against North Ferriby on Tuesday, bagging twice in a 3-0 win, with Richards adding the other.

"James showed that he can do that and Kane has been excellent lately," said Iwelumo, a former Scotland international whose career took in spells with clubs including Watford, Stoke City, Wolves and Burnley.

"When you go up the levels it is all about consitency, and that is what I will throw to them. James could have had three or four (against North Ferriby). He's come in and he is rightly delighted with his two goals. But they always have to want more.

"He has got some fantastic power and pace and if he keeps hitting the back of the net then things look good. These individuals need to know that they have the potential to achieve."