AFC Telford's Elliot Newby: We’re aiming for the play-offs
Winger Elliot Newby feels AFC Telford United are ‘definitely capable’ of making the new-look National League North play-offs.
Six teams qualify this season, with second and third going straight into the semi-finals and the other four competing to join them in a pair of knockout ties.
“We have definitely got to aim for that – we don’t want to just be aiming for that middle of the pack and then thinking what could have been,” said Newby, with Telford 12th after 19 games and just six points behind seventh.
“We have been a bit hit-and-miss but I think we are definitely capable of doing that, making the play-offs.”
Telford host York City on Saturday after having their game at Spennymoor Town last weekend called off.
Due to the postponement, the Bucks have a game in hand on many of the teams around them.
“With missing the game last weekend, Saturday is even more important as we are sort of playing catch-up now,” said Newby.
“There are lots of teams in the pack, chasing those play-off spots – teams that would’ve been aiming high at the start of the season.
“In the play-off spots, are teams who have taken people by surprise – Blyth Spartans, Spennymoor and Bradford Park Avenue.
“It’s a big game as we are looking to keep up with everyone else.”
Newby has been of Telford’s standout performers since signing during the summer from Barrow.
The former Bolton Wanderers youngster has scored five goals in 21 appearances for Rob Edwards’ side.
He is a regular starter but is not taking his spot for granted, with the likes of second top scorer Anthony Dwyer and ex-Walsall man Jordan Murphy itching to get back into the starting line-up.
On playing alongside the likes of former Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Newby added: “There is quite a lot of competition for places and there is a very good mix of players going forward – and it is brilliant to have someone with Sylvan’s record.
“We are all working on being more solid defensively as well.
“It’ll all come together at some point, I’m sure.”