AFC Ludlow batter Wyrley Reserves 5-0 in West Midlands League Division Two opener (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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AFC Ludlow batter Wyrley Reserves 5-0 in West Midlands League Division Two opener
11:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
AFC Ludlow kicked off their season in style, hammering Wyrley Reserves 5-0 in the Shropshire side’s debut in the West Midlands League Division Two.
Dave Cooper’s men blitzed their young opposition early on; returning skipper Jamie Marsh scoring from the spot on five minutes as his side eased to a 3-0 half-time lead at the Showtime Stadium.
Second-half goals from forwards from Aaron Hodge – his second of the match – and new boy Rob Boyd sealed a win that sees Ludlow finish their first week in Division Two sitting top of the table.
“It’s where you want to be in April – that’s what matters,” said Ludlow boss Cooper.
“But I couldn’t have wished for a better start.”
The Ludlow strikers linked well, Boyd winning Marsh’s penalty before Hodge doubled the lead, beating the Wyrley keeper to a through ball and slotting it home.
While the exciting frontline of Hodge and Boyd showed real potential, the attacking highlight undoubtedly came from Rob Vass.
The midfielder unleashed a shot in to the top corner from 30 yards to give his side a 3-0 lead – an “absolute worldy” said Cooper.
He added: “Five probably flattered them – their keeper had a great game.”
Returning from an injury he suf fered playing against Hereford United a month ago, Marsh showed no rust in his comeback.
And Cooper was pleased to have his captain back, with injuries and suspensions robbing him of four or five key players.
“It’s going to be a squad effort this year, I told the lads that from the start.
“Everyone’s got to get involved,” said Cooper, who is acutely aware of his squad’s current injury situation.
“I dislocated my thumb playing cricket, but we haven’t got any other keepers so I’ll keep playing.
“I put a load of Deep Heat on to the injury and hope the opposition don’t shoot too much.”
The plan worked fine last weekend, Cooper only had one save to make – from a free-kick – and will hope for a similarly quiet shift when Ludlow face Worcester Raiders on Saturday.
They will go into the game with an improving squad, a returning Dale Hodge and a 100 per cent record.
But their status as the league’s new boys means they have little information on their opposition.
Meanwhile, Ludlow Town Colts host Impact United in Mercian League Division Two this Saturday (3pm kick-off ).
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