Worner return provides boost for Aldershot TownBy Jon Couch
December 06, 2012
ROSS WORNER made his first appearance in an Aldershot Town shirt for 10 months on Tuesday night – and received a glowing recommendation from boss Dean Holdsworth.
The 23-year-old shot stopper has not played since injuring his back in February’s 4-1 victory against Barnet, but made a 45-minute cameo for a youthful Shots side in a 2-1 defeat at Alresford Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup.
Holdsworth said: “I am so pleased for Ross. It has been a difficult 10 months for him but he has battled through a frustrating period with dedication and determination. I am hoping that this will be the restart of his career.
“It has been excellent teamwork that has helped him through such a tough period. Ashley Bayes and the club medical team should take great credit alongside the other goalkeepers at the club and team-mates too.
“Everybody has been there to help and support Ross. It has been fantastic and we are delighted to see him back on the pitch”.
Second-half goals from Chris Manning and Zach Glasspool were enough for Wessex League Alresford to progress into the fourth round after Beckles Richards’ delicate chip had given the Shots a 12th-minute lead.
Holdsworth, meanwhile, has striker Dani Lopez and midfield ace Danny Rose back available for this Saturday’s league trip to Oxford United.
The loanees were not permitted to play in Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Fleetwood but are both in contention for a starting place at the Kassam Stadium.
Holdsworth added: “We’re going into the Oxford game in positive mood. I am really pleased with what we are doing away from home at the moment and we are growing in confidence all the time.”