AFC Telford Ladies thump six past rivals Shrewsbury Town in opener
AFC Telford United Ladies kicked off the season in excellent style – thrashing fierce rivals Shrewsbury Town 6-2.
Bucks boss Sean Evans could not have asked for a better start to the West Midlands League Division One North term, especially as he used to be Salop chief.
Nicola Durnall chipped in with a hat-trick for Telford, who also had Katie Doster grab a brace and Maddie Jones find the net.
“I’m delighted, really pleased to get off the mark in the West Midlands League – a new league, new challenge,” said Evans, whose side won the Birmingham County League Division One last campaign.
“We scored some fantastic goals against a side I know very well. A sweet victory, that’s for sure.
“We’ve still got a few things to work in training though. We’re not quite at full tilt.”
On treble-scoring Durnall, who is formerly of Town, Evans added: “I know Nic very well and I was delighted to get her to sign for us this summer.
“She also wanted to prove a bit of a point against her old team. She was terrific. She’ll be great for us this year.”
Durnall broke the deadlock just four minutes into the encounter at Telford College, with a free-kick from long range.
Within seconds of the restart, Jones swept home to double the hosts’ lead.
Durnall got her second and third goals – another free-kick and a penalty – as Telford went into the break four up.
Doster got a quick-fire double just after the interval, before Salop’s Olivia Minshall fired home two consolation goals to give the visitors at least a little cheer.
“It was a disappointing day but one that as a squad we will learn from,” said Town Womens’ officer Sian Jones.
“We weren’t really at it during the first half, and Telford were clinical enough to punish us for our mistakes.
“However as a squad we will take on board how the game went and learn from the performance.
“There’s still a long time to go this season and this will help us to develop as a squad to progress throughout the season.”