Market Drayton Town 0 AFC Telford United 6 - Report
After a first half where the Bucks displayed some of the anxieties in front of goal that have characterised their season, they cut loose in the second half to comfortably defeat their county rivals in the Shropshire FA’s Huddersfield Cup.
Marcus Dinanga and Jordan Murphy both bagged hat-tricks as the away side’s fitness and pace overcame a tiring Drayton side.
Bucks manager Rob Edwards gave some of his fringe players a chance to stake a claim for a starting place, and also handed first-team coach Gavin Cowan an unexpected place in the line-up.
The Bucks had more possession and the better possession in the first half.
Elliot Newby cut in off the left wing several times but couldn’t keep his efforts under the crossbar, whilst Marcus Dinanga also shot wide on the turn.
The pace of those two, along with Anthony Dwyer and Jordan Murphy, had Drayton back-pedalling, but the hosts stuck doggedly to their defensive task.
Drayton did work a couple of shooting opportunities, David Howarth wasting their best chance by shooting over the bar after the Bucks were sloppy in possession.
After the break the Bucks found their range; Murphy opened the scoring, bit only after Drayton had rattled the crossbar with a header from a free-kick seconds earlier. Dinanga quickly made it two, the two then took it in turns to extend the score to a round half-dozen.
Manager Edwards was pleased to see his side find some goal-scoring form, and will hope they can carry it into the final 12 games of their National League North campaign.
Bucks: Singh, White, Harris, Cowan, Johnson, Royle, Dwyer, Cowans, Dinanga, Murphy, Newby.
Subs: Sutton, McAtee, Deeney, Lussey, Marsden.
Scorers: Murphy (54,70,85), Dinanga (57,69,90) Bookings: Royle.
Market Drayton Town: Dzeki, Tindall-Bennet, Watford, McFarlane, McMullen, Gregory, Russo, Beddows, Howarth, Coney, Cuff.
Subs: Campbell, Knowles, Muir, Ward, Dunphy.