IN-FORM Dom Telford is hungry for more at Newport County AFC after a goal streak that is ensuring his family are happy travellers.

The 24-year-old is sure to be a contender for the League Two player of the month award after scoring eight goals in six games for the Exiles.

Telford scored the first hat-trick of his career against Stevenage on Saturday, heading home with the match ball after two doubles on the spin against Carlisle and Bristol Rovers.

The striker has hit double figures in all competitions and struck nine times in the league, surpassing last season’s top scorers Padraig Amond (nine) and Matty Dolan (seven).

Telford is joint top scorer in League Two with Exeter's Matt Jay but his have come in just eight games and he is averaging a goal every 65 minutes.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for a player who arrived from Plymouth last January but was a fringe figure, racking up just 510 minutes of action from five starts and 10 cameos.

Telford was thrilled to be able reward his family support with three more strikes last weekend, ensuring they had smiles on faces on the trip back north.

“I’m just riding the wave at the minute,” he said. “The first two came quite early and I only had one thing in my mind when I got the ball for the third one, I wanted to take it home this time!

“It’s my first hat-trick so it’s a special day for me and my family, who were there to watch it.

“They travel up and down the country from Lancashire, they’ve seen me not coming on and have put a few miles on the car.

“We’ve had tough weeks that turned into tough months, so it was nice to run off celebrating and see them jumping up and down.”

It is only November yet Telford is closing in on his personal high of 14 goals when helping Bury to promotion in 2018/19.

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“It’s been a good month for me but I’m not going to stop there. Hopefully I can keep it going because I’m here to score goals,” he said.

“My best season is 14 and I’m hoping to get as many as I can, although I’ll keep my target close to my chest. I’m not going to give anything away but I’m not happy with 10!

“It’s a confidence thing and if you’ve scored a few it’s second nature when the chances come your way.”

Telford has never been especially prolific after often being used off the bench and headed to Newport in search of regular game time.

That didn’t initially happen, with his hopes being hit by the deterioration of the Rodney Parade pitch, but he forced his way into Michael Flynn’s side and has led the line for Wayne Hatswell and now James Rowberry.

“I’m just enjoying my football. I like scoring goals and I’m ambitious and I want to do well but I feel like it’s been a few years now of it not quite happening for me,” said Telford.

“I knew if I kept working hard, it was only a matter of time, especially in a team like we’ve got. We created so many chances against Stevenage – the strikers take the plaudits but it was a great team performance.

“We’re on a good unbeaten run now and we’re bouncing into games and looking forward to them.”

Telford and County head to Morecambe in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.