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Andy Owens is proving a hit up top for AFC Telford

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AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson today insisted he "always knew" defender-turned-striker Andy Owens would come good up front.

Owens didn't register a competitive goal for the Bucks until Bonfire Night at Brackley Town, before another long wait for his second strike.

That came in the 2-0 win at home to Stockport County two weeks ago, before he netted a header against Bradford Park Avenue last Saturday.

That put the 24-year-old in buoyant mood ahead of today's trip to Stalybridge Celtic, as he looks to add more goals to his all-round contribution.

He's played in midfield and defence during his career, but Watson insists he's really a hit-man.

He said: "I always knew Andy would come good. He did well for me up front at Southport before. His work-rate is what impresses me the most.

"He's also quick, which people don't give him credit for. He's got pace and stamina and a work ethic. Now, hopefully, more goals will start coming.

"As long as keeps on contributing, I will be happy."

Watson admits signing Owens as a striker was a gamble, one of a few he took after he arrived in the summer to overhaul the Telford squad.

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A blend of lower-league signings and unattached captures has done the trick, with just Mike Grogan and loanee Shaun Whalley added since pre-season.

The Bucks are flying high in the Skrill Conference North and look a good bet for an instant return to the Premier, with Watson's deals paying dividends.

He said: "We signed a lot of players that we had to take a chance on, we didn't go out and bring in tried and trusted all over the place."

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