Colls have been dealt the bad news that attacking wide-man Conor Gaul will be out of action for the month of November due to injury picked up early in the season.

Arriving in summer following a spell in Gibraltar with Bruno’s Magpies, the Darwener made an impact in pre-season, leaving Secretary Emil under pressure to ensure international clearance was obtained for the opening game.

Part of Micheal Clegg’s commitment to playing attacking football and scoring more goals, Conor scored the goal that kick-started our second half comeback away at Clitheroe before grabbing the only goal as we redeemed ourselves at Kidsgrove.

The popular player off and on the pitch has been subdued in the past few weeks, despite a late cameo appearance where he scored an injury time penalty against his former club Kendal Town. A gesture from his teammates that didn’t go unnoticed as an indicator of the spirit within the club.

Speaking of Conor, manager Micheal Clegg said:

“Conor has tried to get through games with niggles. He got a bad tackle in the centre of the pitch against Ramsbottom earlier in the season and it’s progressively got worse. It’s a shame because he has come in and we have all seen his quality but it’s really held him back. Then when he came on against Colne on Saturday he did even more damage to it so we are looking like losing him for a month. He is a massive part of the dressing room here and we hope to get him back on the pitch asap.”

In other squad news, young prospect James Sigsworth is currently ripping up trees on loan at Ashton Town, bagging another two Siggy specials last night in a 3-1 victory away to AFC Liverpool. Meanwhile midfielder Josh Peet will be working on his match fitness at Ashton Athletic.

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