Rob Edwards has called on AFC Telford United to find a ‘killer instinct’ after their FA Trophy exit. The Bucks were knocked out in the first round at Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night.

A tight affair between the two National League North sides was settled by Dale Hopson’s spot-kick, which was awarded after Jarrett Rivers tumbled in the area under a challenge from Jordan Lussey.

“There was some good stuff on the night – we worked extremely hard and were very organised,” said Edwards. “We lacked a bit of killer instinct though and that is something we have to work on, which we will be going over in training.”

Edwards decided to drop top scorer Marcus Dinanga to the bench. Former Wolves and Shrewsbury man Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was the lone striker, with attack-minded duo John Marsden and Max Leonard included in a five-man midfield.

“We still had forwards on the pitch, even though Marcus did not start the game,” said Edwards. “We had Sylvan, John and Max – and Elliot Newby on as well.

“It was just that when Sylvan got on the ball, the others were not making enough runs in behind to cause Blyth problems.”


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