Telford: ‘I just want to ride the wave’ – News

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As the season draws to a close, there is one man who hopes the current campaign will never end.

Newport County sensational goalscorer Dom Telford has played the season of his life and his only wish is that he can continue to see the ripple of the net until next term.

The striker, who joined the Exiles in January 2021 from Plymouth Argyle, is enjoying his most prolific season yet. Telford has 25 strikes to his name so far and looks set to claim the Golden Boot.

“I have always stood by my abilities – that has never changed,” he claimed. “I want to increase my numbers every year, but sometimes it doesn’t always work out that way. This year I was able to help the team and hit the kind of numbers I always knew I was capable of.

Around eight months ago, the landscape looked very different for Sky Bet League Two’s top marksman. He was told he should explore his options elsewhere by former boss Michael Flynn as his time in South Wales appears to be coming to an end.

That was until the arrival of new manager James Rowberry in October, who brought the striker back into the fold.

“At the start of the season I was completely out of favor so 20 goals was not my benchmark or my goal,” Telford recalled. “I took it day by day, not really knowing what my future held for me.

“The most important thing was the arrival of the new manager. He supported me, he believed in me and he trusted me. Then it was just up to me to make sure that I worked and I was scoring goals.

Telford equaled a 38-year-old record held by former Liverpool leader John Aldridge, who became the last player to hit the 20-goal mark for Newport in 1983/84, earlier in the season.

The Exiles ace’s brace in a 2-1 win over Barrow saw him turn the corner, scoring 22 goals in 19 games over a four-month spell which saw Rowberry’s side put themselves in contention for a place in Play-Off for a while.

“It’s one of them where you just want to ride the wave,” he smiles. “I’ve certainly savored it and enjoyed every moment. Even when I’m not scoring, it’s been an enjoyable year. I’ve enjoyed all the ups and downs that have come with it.

And it was during this rich vein of form that the Burnley-born striker scored his first senior hat-trick to knock Stevenage off in a 5-0 thrashing.

“Getting my first hat-trick was something I had been dreaming about for a while,” he admitted. “It came a little later than I would have hoped, but putting it in the bag was special.”

And Telford had plenty to cheer about at Sunday’s EFL Awards, with the 25-year-old making League Two’s Team of the Season and being shortlisted for the division’s Player of the Season, narrowly missing out on the award. to Kane of Forest Green Rovers. Wilson.

With the last day left to play, the county talisman has time to further increase his goalscoring tally and make an already memorable season even better.

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