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Crowther returns to pre-season training after season-long injury
Monday 25th June 2018 @ 10:27 by Mark Phillip

Having claimed promotion to the National League North in May, Ashton United returned to pre-season training on Saturday.

In a bid to blow away the cobwebs, the players were put through their paces ahead of the new season in step six, which is scheduled to begin on the first weekend of August.

Amid all the excitement, the Robins have, in fact, been dealt a heavy blow in recent weeks, with the departures of key players to other clubs, including Josh Granite to Barrow and Dom Smalley to Chester.

Although disappointing for everyone concerned, the club will be encouraged to see the return of Ryan Crowther, who returned to pre-season training at the weekend after spending the entirety of last season on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Alongside Matt Chadwick, Crowther’s goal scoring exploits helped the Robins to a mid-table finish in 2017. However, an injury sustained during a pre-season friendly against Radcliffe Borough put paid to his chances of continuing his form the following season.

The Hurst Cross faithful can look forward to massive games against former Football League sides including York City and Stockport County, as well as a town rivalry against Curzon Ashton, who will be competing in step six for a fourth consecutive season after avoiding relegation with two games to spare.

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