AFC Telford United hat-trick hero Marcus Dinanga admits being dropped by Gavin Cowan worked out for the better – as he targets a place in the boss’ starting thoughts.
The striker revealed his disappointment at being left out of Cowan’s starting XI at Darlington, where he came from the bench at half-time to bag a remarkable second-half treble.
His winner, which came in the 96th minute in the North East, sparked wild scenes for the travelling players, staff and supporters.
And Dinanga hopes, after being denied back-to-back starts despite scoring in the previous game against Guiseley in the FA Trophy, that he has done enough to force his way in.
“The gaffer pulled me before the game and said I was not starting, which was a bit disappointing as a striker having scored the game before,” Dinanga, Telford’s 25-goal top scorer two seasons ago, said.