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Ian Dawes On AFC Telford United Clash

5 April 2016

Coach Believes Last Season's Experience Will Help

"It's always going to be a tough game because we're their big rivals and they're going to want to beat us as much as we're going to want to beat them," he said.

"It will be an entertaining game and I think it's one that both teams will look forward to playing in.

"I know that the fans will want to see us beat them. Unfortunately, last season's fixture clashed with the first team game at Accrington.

"Hopefully this year with us being at home there will be a few fans there and it's a good chance for some of the younger lads to showcase their talent.

"Last season's game will have given us massive experience and the young lads can take belief from that.

"A bit of bragging rights goes around the area so it's important that we win it."

Dawes believes the rivalry between the two clubs means it is agiven that Town will be in for a tough test.

"It's going to be predominantly our youth team with James Wesolowski, Jordan Clark and Scott Vernon involved in the game and possibly others," said Dawes.

"We'll find out more about that on Tuesday. We believe we've got a squad together which can go and get a result.

"There's a few players playing in the match who played in the final we won at Telford last year.

"Hopefully they can use that experience from last year to help them go and perform and get a result."

And Town's head of Academy coaching, who will take charge of the team on the night, is confident Shrewsbury can win the trophy for the 66th time in their history.

Dawes has confirmed that senior professionals James Wesolowski, Jordan Clark and Scott Vernon will be in the squad on the night and possibly others, with the rest of the squad

Town take on the Bucks in the final of the competition again this season on Tuesday night at Greenhous Meadow (7.30pm kick-off).

Ian Dawes believes Shrewsbury Town can use their experience of winning last season's Shropshire Senior Cup to overcome AFC Telford United once again.

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