Shropshire Star

Squad depth key to AFC Telford United success says Kevin Wilkin

AFC Telford United boss Kevin Wilkin believes strength in depth will be vital to his side being successful this season.


The Bucks breathed life into their new Southern Central Premier campaign with a remarkable 7-0 hammering of Wilkin’s former club Nuneaton on Saturday – a joint-record for the AFC Telford era.

Six second-half goals were shared between five players but Wilkin was also keen to highlight a decision to start attacker Twariq Yusuf over versatile defensive-minded midfielder George Forsyth. The boss insists those kind of options are important.

“When I pulled him (Forsyth) at the start and said I wanted to change it because I wanted to bring Twariq in and go with a little bit more energy down either side,” Wilkin said. “(it was) the way that he accepted that and got on with it. If we have enough players that are able to do that, throughout the group and throughout the season, I think we’ll be fairly strong as a 17-18.

“And that’s going to be really important to us moving forward, to help build and grow the group.”

Wilkin, whose side are next in action at Barwell on Saturday, added: “We’ve taken George out of the starting line-up, and his response and reaction to that was first class.

“He’s played well in the last couple of games; we played him at centre half at Leiston and it wasn’t quite working, but he gave a better account of himself in midfield.”

Meanwhile, the Bucks have been handed a home draw in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup against Coalville Town on Saturday, September 2. Elsewhere in the county, Shifnal Town travel to Paul Carden’s Nantwich Town and Whitchurch Alport will head to FC United of Manchester if they can see off Barnoldswick Town, which takes place in Lancashire tonight.