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Two for Dan Udoh to be a record breaker for AFC Telford

Two goals for Daniel Udoh against FC United of Manchester tomorrow would see him become an AFC Telford United record breaker.

Dan Udoh
Dan Udoh

And given the form the 22-year-old striker has been in as of late, you would back him to grab a brace against National League North’s second-from-bottom side, writes Joe Edwards.

It is not a foregone conclusion, of course, but a double would take Udoh to 26 goals for the season in all competitions. That would be the best campaign haul since the club’s rebirth in 2004.

Marcus Dinanga currently holds the distinction having netted 25 times last term.

But he has not been playing as of late because of Udoh’s ruthless streak and the superb form of Amari Morgan-Smith alongside him.

Udoh and Morgan-Smith each netted in Tuesday night’s solid 3-1 win against Darlington at the New Bucks Head.

In fact, they have each scored in the Bucks’ last three victories – one apiece in the heroic 2-1 FA Trophy semi-final victory at Solihull Moors, and twice apiece in the thrilling 4-3 triumph at Ashton United.

Those numbers suggest Telford chief Gavin Cowan will stick with them against a team who have let in 63 goals in 33 league games.

Udoh was taken off after 72 minutes against the Quakers in the interests of freshness too, so should be raring to go for this clash.

The Bucks are going into it aiming to take another step towards sealing a play-off berth, as they sit sixth – four points ahead of eighth-placed Kidderminster Harriers.

FC United, meanwhile, just want to win a game to have any hope of surviving.

They are seven without a victory but they will take heart from the fact they have drawn their last three.

And they have a few players Telford should be wary of.

Kurt Willoughby has chipped in with 13 league goals – the latest of those coming in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Hereford.

Former Bucks man Tom Peers is another of their attacking options, while fellow ex-Telford player Bob Harris could start in defence.

Josef Bursik is set to be between the sticks for the hosts as Andy Wycherley looks to recover from an eye injury in time for the Trophy semi-final first-leg at Leyton Orient a week tomorrow.

Shrewsbury loanee Ryan Barnett was the man of the match against Darlington, so is expected to keep his place on the right flank.

Cowan does tend to make a couple of changes from game to game though, with Steph Morley and Jon Royle probably in with the best shouts of returning to the starting line-up.

“Changes depend, we will assess them all,” said the boss.

“Being 3-0 up we could move them around, give some players some game time. It is important to manage players, and we did that with Theo Streete and Daniel Udoh.

“Lads have played a lot and we need to monitor them.”

The Bucks came out on top in the reverse fixture in November, with Darryl Knights and Morgan-Smith getting the goals for Cowan’s charges in a 2-1 success.

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