NEW boy David Jones netted a dream debut double to rubber-stamp another season of West Midlands Premier football for Shawbury United.

Jones scored twice, including a quickfire opener inside the first 20 seconds, as Shawbury beat mid-table Cradley Town 2-1 to end any slim relegation worries.

The new signing latched on to a ball over the top just seconds after the kick-off, guiding a composed first-time finish across the Cradley keeper and into the far corner.

Cradley levelled a few minutes later but Jones secured all three points after the break with another unerring finish into the bottom corner.

Victory ended a tumultuous few days on a high for Shawbury after long-serving management duo Dave Richards and Stu Lewis had stepped down earlier in the week.

Richards, who will continue his role as club chairman, was impressed by Jones’ debut, adding: “He only had two chances and he took both of them.

“I was right behind the first one, a half-volley that he cushioned into the far corner and for the other one he showed strength to hold off a centre-half and composure to put it in the bottom corner.”

Shawbury, who will remain tenants at Ludlow next term, end their first campaign back in the West Midlands Premier with a tough trip to fifth-placed Wednesfield this Saturday but Richards is already looking to next season.

He added: “Saturday was an important win – even though other results went our way, you can only look after yourselves and it was good to finish our home games with three points.

“Hopefully we can get some stability around the club now, forget about the last couple of years and build going forward, on the pitch as well as off it.”