Aaron Hodge scores four goals in AFC Ludlow's 7-2 win at Worcester Raiders in West Midlands League Division Two (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Aaron Hodge scores four goals in AFC Ludlow's 7-2 win at Worcester Raiders in West Midlands League Division Two
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AFC LUDLOW boss Dave Cooper has hailed his strike-force - but warned his players to keep their feet on the ground.
Aaron Hodge bagged four goals, while his brother Dale Hodge (2) and new signing Luke Hicks also scored in a 7-2 win at Worcester Raiders.
Cooper is delighted with AFC Ludlow’s two crushing victories in West Midlands League Division Two.
But he expects a much stiffer challenge this Saturday when Ludlow travel to face unbeaten Wrens Nest.
“We have only had two matches so I am not going to get too carried away with things,” said Cooper.
“Aaron Hodge went travelling abroad last year and also played for Kington - but Aaron and Luke Hicks were superb on Saturday.
“We have a new lad called Rob Boyd and he tormented Worcester and we also had two Slovakian lads in the side.
“Rob looks electric and Hicks looks very impressive and scored his first goal for the club - it has been a fantastic start for us.”
Cooper expects to be without Sean Evans this season, whom he says has joined Nathan Hodge at Newtown.
Ludlow scored in the opening 60 seconds at fellow newcomers Worcester last Saturday and led 3-0 after just 10 minutes.
Aaron Hodge hit four goals as Ludlow opened up a commanding 5-1 advantage before the interval.
“We played some good stuff,” said Cooper.
“Worcester Raiders didn’t know what had hit them - we hammered them and it could have been nine or 10 goals.
“Their keeper made a couple of decent saves and we hit the bar and a post.”
Cooper is hoping to welcome back Gavin Podmore, Liam Taylor and Danny Crowther for Saturday’s trip to the Black Country.
“It will be a tough game because we’re told that Wrens Nest are a good side.
“They are unbeaten and matches away from home will be hard in this league - we know that.”
He added: “There’s a buzz around the place at the moment - we just need to keep our feet on the floor.”