Competition is key for AFC Telford boss Rob Edwards

By Joe Edwards | AFC Telford United | Published:

Boss Rob Edwards is enjoying the wealth of options at his disposal as AFC Telford United look for a third win on the bounce.

Rob Edwards

Edwards will have to leave a couple of fully-fit players out his squad for tomorrow’s clash with York City, while second top scorer Anthony Dwyer has had to make do with a place on the bench in recent weeks.

On the high level of competition, Edwards added: “That’ll be the case, having to leave a couple of players out, but you need the numbers in the squad.

“With a few injuries or suspensions, you can find yourself down to the bare bones so you need a big group.

“At the end of the day, that’s what it is all about – being competitive and looking to earn your place in the matchday squad.

“I had to do it when I was a player, and it’s part and parcel of the game.

“I’ll make no apologies for that – some players will not make it into the squad, you want that competition.”

Telford were 1-0 winners at York on the opening day of the National League North season, with Matthew Barnes-Homer getting the goal.

On tomorrow’s game, Edwards said: “It’ll be very tough – they are a big, physical team.


“They are very powerful, get the ball up the pitch quickly, and have quality in the final third.”

“They have got a lot of good players, but they should do, they’re York City.

“We have a few ways we think that we can hurt them as well though.

“It’s one we are looking forward to. We’ll need our fans to get right behind us and it’s one that we believe we can win.


“We are on the back of two good wins and we have to try to build on that.”

Meanwhile, Connor Johnson is not expected to return from a hamstring injury for tomorrow’s clash.

The 19-year-old centre-half – who is on loan from Wolves – missed the FA Trophy win against Droylsden nearly a fortnight ago with the injury.

And despite having another week to recover, with last weekend’s trip to Spennymoor Town being called off, he is still struggling and Edwards said: “I think that CJ will still be out.

“It’s the same thing, he’s still not feeling right on it.

“Jack Rea (ankle) won’t be involved either but apart from those two, we are looking OK.”

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.


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