AFC Telford to face Wolves' 'Bomb Squad'

AFC Telford United will be pitted against £17million worth of footballers when Wolves' 'Bomb Squad' are given a rare run-out at the New Bucks Head.


Wolves outcasts Kevin Doyle, Jamie O'Hara, Tongo Doumbia, Stephen Ward, Razak Boukari and Georg Margreitter will be on show tonight.

All have been told they have no future at Molineux and will be given a half to put themselves in the shop window, with a host of scouts in attendance invited by the player's agents.

O’Hara’s appearance for a Wolves under-21 game at Telford attracted around 40 scouts last season, but there are still no takers for the £5million midfielder.

Roger Johnson would have also featured from a group that is currently draining around £130,000-a-week from Wolves' coffers, but has an ankle injury.

The non-league Bucks, who have just been promoted to the Skrill Conference Premier, will try to keep them in check but manager Liam Watson believes it could galvanise his side.

He said: "Whoever was in the Wolves squad, it was likely to be a test for us and even more so now with the squad they are bringing here. We were expecting the kids.

"I suppose it picks up your game when you know the so-called bigger players you are going up against. It should certainly spur our boys on.

"I saw something the other day from a few years ago when Jamie O'Hara was Tottenham's Young Player of the Year, so his career has sadly gone downhill since then."

Telford hope to welcome back defensive midfielder Kristan Platt tonight, after he sat out Saturday's dire 3-1 defeat at Witton Albion through illness.

But centre-back Rod McDonald is still missing with an ankle injury, with Watson saying: "He will probably be out for another week, which is OK as long as we don't keep picking up knocks."

Watson will likely start with Tony Gray and Sam Smith up front after they impressed as second-half substitutes on Saturday, with the Bucks boss is expecting them to trouble defences.

He said: "I think Tony Gray and Sam Smith linked up quite well when they came on, which is decent. I have already seen enough of Sam to know he's going to get chances. Tony also looked sharp and lively."

Wolves squad tonight: McCarey, Dutton, O’Hanlon, Ebanks-Landell, Hause, Foley, Ward, Margreitter, Forde, Bancessi, O’Hara, Doumbia, Boukari, Cassidy, Doyle, McAlinden.

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