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Sam Ashton makes return from injury

It was a night to remember last night at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium. Not only did our young Magpies go to the top of the Galaxy Lancashire League with a 3-1 win over Lancaster City Reserves, but Sam Ashton made his long awaited return from injury.

The 31-year-old has been out since the middle of last season with a serious leg injury. But thanks to help from Chorley club doctor David Rhodes and sheer determination from Ashton, he managed the first 45 minutes of action last night, before being substituted at half time by Charlie Whittingham.

On Ashton’s return, Chorley assistant manager Jamie Vermiglio said, “We were absolutely gutted to lose Sam last year and I’m confident in saying if we had him all last season we would’ve accumulated more points.”

“Sam is what Chorley FC is all about - honest, hard working and determined and he’s shown a desire and a resilience to get back. He’s managed to do this despite it being a really busy time in his life, having recently married and looking to start a family.”

Vermo continued, “Sam knows that we welcome challenge for the number one jersey and if Matty Urwin doesn’t know it just yet, he will soon realise that Sam will be pushing him for a starting place.”

“Credit must also be given to Dr Rhodes, who has facilitated treatment and kept Sam on track. Sam is not fully fit by any means yet. We are looking at another few months for him to build his fitness back up, but this a massive achievement for him.”

On his return to action last night, Ashton said he felt brilliant to be playing once again and couldn’t wait to continue building his fitness to get back into action regularly.

 

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