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Elliot Newby can get AFC Telford fans excited, says Rob Edwards

AFC Telford United boss Rob Edwards believes winger Elliot Newby can get Bucks fans on their feet this season.

Elliot Newby
Elliot Newby

The 21-year-old wideman opened his Telford scoring account on Wednesday night, netting the only goal in a 1-0 pre-season victory over rivals Shrewsbury Town.

It wasn’t the first time this summer that the left-footed flyer, signed by former boss Rob Smith, has caught the eye of his new supporters.

The former Bolton trainee has been a mainstay of Edwards’s pre-season teams and has proved he can be a threat down the flanks.

“I’ve been really impressed by Elliot,” said Edwards of the ex-Barrow and Altrincham man.

“First of all by his attitude and mentality, he’s a really hard-working, down to earth lad.

“He’s got some real ability as well. He can get the fans off their seats and excited.

“It was great for him to get a goal, lovely to score at home – that’s important.

“I don’t like singling players out but he, along with many of the lads, can be real pluses.”

As the Telford squad stands, Newby is joined by Anthony Dwyer, Luke Shaw and Chekaine Steele as wide options.

Newby’s strike was the first goal Telford had scored in three-and-a-half New Bucks Head games.

The Bucks’ pre-season schedule draws to a close tomorrow when they travel to Welsh Premier League outfit Caernarfon.

Edwards, who ran the rule over three trialists against Shrewsbury, is plotting further additions after solitary signing Dwyer so far.

Caernarfon finished fifth in the Welsh top flight last term. Edwards believes the Welsh domestic league is underrated and is preparing for a strong test.

The Bucks make the anticipated trip to York City’s Bootham Crescent a week tomorrow as the National League North campaign gets underway.

He said: “I know it’ll be a tough game. I know a few coaches and managers in that league and they’re all very well organised and don’t get enough credit for the league, with the effort and quality that they have.”

“We have to go into every game with the same winning and hard-working mentality otherwise there’s no point.

“We have to keep doing what we say we’re going to do. Run, work hard, be strong, be difficult to beat and at the same time get crosses in, shots off, be organised and do everything."

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