By Matt Bishop
AFC Telford United striker Anthony Dwyer delivered on his pledge to boss Rob Edwards by firing the team to victory over Leamington on his league debut.
The former Ilkerson and Stafford forward, 20, joined The Bucks in July after a successful trial period, but was banned for the first three games of the season after a suspension picked up at the end of last term.
However, after persuading Edwards that he was ready to start, Dwyer’s debut was worth the wait as he scored a brilliant brace in the 3-0 win over the Brakes.
The exciting striker told the Shropshire Star: “I had a word with him [Edwards] the other week in training.
“I said ‘look gaffer I’m ready to fight for my position and ready to do things the way you want to be done’.”
After Saturday’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Bradford Park Avenue, AFC Telford’s Bank Holiday win at Leamington marked their return to form, and helped them rise to 13th in the National League North.
The performance of Dwyer, and the rest of the side, pleased Edwards massively, with the manager saying: “Anthony and I had a good chat and he just said ‘when I’m needed, I want you to know I’m ready’.
“It was a good away performance. The players took on the message we spoke about and the lessons we learned from Saturday.
“Those 90-odd minutes were professional. It was great to keep a clean sheet, great to look a threat. I’m very pleased.
“Our message has always been to play forward. We’ve had to be a little bit clearer to the players. I think they understood what was required.
“We want to be direct and get the ball in the final third and then play football.”