Skrill South club Concord Rangers` long-serving midfielder Nicky Cowley says it felt terrific to return to action this….
….week and hopes to cap it with a good result at Staines Town.
The 32-year-old, who has had a frustrating three month on the sidelines to recover from an operation on his knee, was back to his reliable self as he played 95 minutes of Concord’s extra-time win over Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night.
He said: “It was such a shame to get that injury in pre-season because I felt very fit and I was really looking forward to playing after our promotion.
“This is my seventh season with the club and I could not wait to get started in the Conference South, so when it started it was difficult to have to watch from the sidelines and not be part of it on the field.
“But I’ve been working hard on my rehab, spending three or four nights in the gym every week, and it felt great to be playing again.
“Turning 32 recently was a challenge in itself and I must admit I felt a bit sore the next day!
“The injury was just down to wear and tear, but I’ve always worked hard to look after my fitness so hopefully I can get back up to full speed soon.
“I felt like I got around the pitch okay against Dulwich but bringing Reece Harris on for me was clearly a good idea because he got an important goal, and he’s a bit quicker than me!
“And it was a good match to come back in because getting through to that First Round of the FA Trophy is a first for the club and means a lot.
“Now we need to take that into the Staines game, which will be another big test for us, and also in Tuesday’s match with Farnborough.
“I’ll be doing some ice baths this week and everything I can to be available, and hopefully I’ll be there to help the boys pick up some points from these games.”
Staines start the weekend seventh in the table and six points clear of sixteenth-placed Concord.
The Swans have a formidable home record, with eight wins and two draws from their ten games on their own patch this season.
They enjoyed a good run in the FA Cup this year before being knocked out by League One high-flyers Brentford.
The Beachboys could give a debut to central midfielder Jack Powell, who has just arrived at the club on a month’s loan from Sky Bet Championship side Millwall.
The 19-year-old came through the ranks at West Ham Unitd and also had a brief spell at Chelsea before joining the Lions, where he has been part of Neil Harris’ Academy side.