Double Boost For Feckenham

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Midland League Division Two club Feckenham have announced that Ben Welsh has agreed a return to the Millers ahead of the new campaign.

Welsh played under manager Aaron Blackwood and joint/assistant-manager Tony Round as a schoolboy with Studley FC’s development team.

A further two seasons followed at the Warwickshire outfit as he played a leading role in the side that went on to win the Midlands Floodlit Youth League Western Division title – the youngster also had a brief spell alongside Blackwood and Round at West Midlands (Regional) League outfit Bartley Green Illey FC.

A call up into the senior side at Studley followed under Ade Mander and Welsh wasted no time in scoring his debut goal against Uttoxeter Town.

Also, a member of Romulus’ academy it wasn’t long before the somewhat utility man completed Evo-Stik League South forms for the Roms and at 18-years-old scored his debut goal away against Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Tony Round said: “Ben has played a bit part role at times with us at Feckenham over the course of the past few years because of his commitments with Roms, but we’re chuffed that he’ll now be with us on a permanent basis this season. He had a lot of opportunities to play his football further up the non-League Pyramid and was honest with us about all of them. In the end, he’s opted to play somewhere that’ll he’ll be comfortable and knows he’ll enjoy his football.

“Capable of playing anywhere along the spine of the side his versatility will be a real asset for ourselves, whilst his experience with Romulus should stand us in good stead ahead of the new campaign.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Danny Murphy will be staying at Feckenham for the upcoming season.

Murphy picked up managers` player of the season award following the 2016/17 season and was the first to put pen-to-paper this summer.

Murphy stepped up a few divisions to join Blackwood’s men ahead of last season and quickly became an important member of the Feckenham squad on and off the pitch.

Despite suffering from long lay-offs at the start and end of the season through injuries, he made twenty-three appearances for the club, weighing in with 8 goals.

Joint/assistant-manager Tom Davies said: “I know Aaron was particularly happy with this re-signing getting sorted so early on.

“We’d had productive conversations with Danny during the off-season and he’s the perfect example of someone grabbing an opportunity with both hands. We’ve all agreed that this will be a big season for him, but it’s now important that we keep him fit for much more of the campaign this year – as his energy and goal-scoring ability from midfield will be imperative to how we are setting up to play”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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