Jack Edwards

A hattrick and a brace against Bewdley Town and Hanley Town respectively over the past month has certainly seen striker Jack Edwards settle into the Lichfield squad nicely writes Dan Hargraves.

City are unbeaten in the league and will look to maintain that feat when they host third-placed Tividale on Saturday.

On the start to the season, Edwards said: “[I’m] absolutely delighted, both on a personal front and on the team front as well. To be honest, scoring so many goals is an absolute bonus, but I think that’s down to the way we play and how the gaffer sets us up.

“I think the manager and the backroom staff do a great job with with me and my lads and that ultimately allows us to to do what we’re doing on the pitch at the moment really. 

“I put it [the start] a lot down to the team and the lads around me. Obviously you play better when you’re playing with better players and I think the backroom team has done a great job with getting some really good players in this year hence the reason we are where we are.

“I think in regards to my own personal performance it was just getting used to the way that Ivor wants me to play really he’s allowed me to concentrate on what I’m good at essentially,” the striker explained.

“I’ve played for a lot of defensive teams throughout my career. So now that I’m playing for a team that’s expansive and attacking it has definitely suited me really.

“Going into the season, we were relatively modest. We just wanted to get a bit of a feel for the league and see where we were at. We aren’t getting too far ahead of ourselves. We’re under no illusions there’s another 28 games left so to speak in the league at least. And we’ll fire on on all fronts in cup competitions as well.

“Realistically, it’s going to be a long season, we’re going to need the whole squad. We’ve got a brilliant squad, probably the best I’ve been a part of. I couldn’t really give a bigger compliment to the boys.”

With five goals in his last two league appearances, the 25-year-old is in red-hot form, which has potentially altered his original goal tally target for the campaign.

“I’ve never scored more than 17 goals in the season,” Edwards revealed, “so it’s a bit alien for me. But again, that comes down to the way we play at Litchfield and the way the gaffer sets us up allows me to be a more attacking areas of the pitch. 

“If I was to set myself a tally now, I’d be happy with anywhere between 25 and 30, 30 plus being a bonus really. So yeah, that’s probably where I see myself.”

October 14, 2021

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