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Double boost for injury-crippled Thackley boss
The Dennyboys were boosted by the return of two players from injury last weekend, with Keenan Ratcliffe and Dempsey Smith involved in the home win over Winterton Rangers.
Thackley spokesman Mick Lodge said: “We didn’t expect either playing but they were both fit enough and Vinny (manager Vince Brockie) is delighted. It was Dempsey’s first game of the season for the first team.”
There are still several players missing though, with Callum White, Luke Hudson and Ben Hardy at varying stages of their recoveries. However, they are expected to play some part in the season.
Rob Morgan had to undergo another operation at the end of October and will hopefully be able to resume training early next year, while his brother Matt is having an operation on his knee next month and is also expecting to be back in training some time in January.
Lodge added: “Fortunately, Nicky Matthews and Brice Tiani have come into a rich vein of form and lead the frontline with great skill and are clinical finishers.
“Jordan Missin is weighing in with his expected contributions and, with goals now coming from the midfield players, our fans will rarely witness a goalless game.
“What is especially pleasing is the way in which the young players have come through from the under-17s and academy sides. They have taken their chances to impress in the first team, with Lewis Morgan, Andy Tasker, Kris Hargreaves, Josh Eastwood and Adam Hill all becoming regulars this season.”
In one recent game, eight of the players on the pitch were products of the youth teams at Thackley.