Marcus Dinanga told to fire AFC Telford to safety

Striker Marcus Dinanga has been urged to ‘kick on’ and fire AFC Telford to National North safety.

Marcus Dinanga
Marcus Dinanga

Dinanga was the match-winner on Tuesday night with his early goal giving the Bucks a 1-0 win at Alfreton.

Rob Edwards’s side remain in the drop zone on goal difference.

But the boss is hoping the Burton Albion loanee, who had set himself a target of 30 goals by the end of the season, can now hit a purple patch, particularly with Amari Morgan-Smith still suspended for two more games.

He added: “It could be great if he could kick on and score more goals, we looked a threat with him and Kane (Richards) up there.

“Elliot (Newby) and Jordan (Lussey) also had good chances, and then you’ve got John Marsden and Jordan Murphy coming off the bench. So it shows we have that strength in depth, even with Morgan-Smith suspended.

“Marcus’s goal was a great finish, and we could have had two or three. He headed on to the bar and there were a few scrambles we should have put away.

“It is a great win, but it is only one more win and we still have 10 games to go.”

The Bucks chief is now targeting back-to-back wins as mid-table Darlington come to Shropshire this weekend.

Over the Easter period, the Bucks will be called on to play four times in a week.

Despite losing striker Anthony Dwyer to Hednesford Town this week, Edwards insists the squad has enough strength in depth to deal with the fixture pile-up.

He added: “Back to back wins can get you a long way in any division, and with how tight ours is as well.

“We have four games in a week over Easter, Saturday, Monday, Thursday, Saturday.

“We will try and use the squad, to keep people as fresh as possible.

“There won’t be much training over that period as it will be play and recover,but it is the nature of the league and how things have fallen because of the weather.

“We’ve got the squad depth to cope, we’ve got Kane Richards in which means we have 20, Amari being out takes it to 19.

“I wanted to keep Dwyer and have him around the place, but he was frustrated at a lack of games and I understand that, and we need people committed to the fight.

“We wish him well, he has been great and scored some vital goals, and we wish him well and move on with the squad we have.”

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