Two-goal Luke Hicks hailed after AFC Ludlow's 5-2 win at Bilbrook in West Midlands League Division Two (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Two-goal Luke Hicks hailed after AFC Ludlow's 5-2 win at Bilbrook in West Midlands League Division Two
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MANAGER Dave Cooper says two-goal Luke Hicks has added steel to AFC Ludlow’s strikeforce this season.
Cooper said the former Bishops Castle Town marksman was too hot for Bilbrook to handle in Ludlow’s 5-2 away win in West Midlands League Division Two.
He is now hoping Hicks can continue his excellent form in this Saturday’s clash against FC Stafford at the Showtime Stadium.
Cooper said: “Bilbrook could not handle Luke Hicks - he won everything in the air and scored twice - he was just too strong for them.”
Dale Hodge, Rob Boyd and Liam Taylor also scored for unbeaten Ludlow, who dominated the first-half but trailed 2-1 at the interval.
Cooper fumed: “I have never known us to create so many chances in a half and not put them away.
“We could have been 5-0 up after about 20 minutes but, at 2-1 down, we thought it was going to be one of those bad days.”
Dale Hodge levelled at 2-2 after a flick from Hicks but it took a fine save from the returning Ian Havard to keep Ludlow on terms.
Boyd fired Ludlow 3-2 ahead and then Cooper’s men wrapped up the points with two further strikes.
Dale Hodge now leaves for university but his brother Aaron is available after suspension. Adie Marsh is expected to return to training tonight (Thursday) after injury, along with Danny Crowther.
“The match against Stafford is our first home game on the grass pitch in six months, so it should be good,” said Cooper.