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Posted by National League
Posted on Fri 15 Nov 2019
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League sponsors MANarama had a chat with Shaymen captain as he nears the end of his rehab

Matty Brown can’t stand another minute of being the team cheerleader – but thankfully he is nearly ready to start making up for lost time.

The inspirational skipper has been out of action for two-and-a-half months after a hamstring tear which has taken a long while to clear up.

But the captain has been keeping himself busy and doing his bit to keep the results coming as best he can.

Defender Brown knows he isn’t going to be able to just walk back into the team but with his recovery going well, fans can look forward to seeing his back in blue before too long.

“It’s getting closer,” he said. “I’m sick and tired of watching – I have actually been helping get the boys up for games and training but not being able to take part isn’t easy. Being the team cheerleader probably doesn’t suit me!

“I love football so sitting around while everyone is playing and doing well near the top of the table is harder than I thought it would be.

“I tried to come back a bit too soon and I have learned my lesson from that. You can’t bite off recovery time, and these nine weeks have been tough mentally – I’m just delighted that I’m nearing the end of the long road back.

Brown will return with the side in the thick of a promotion race.

This weekend the team take their good away record to Woking with the club just a point behind leaders Bromley.

He is delighted that they have kept pace at the top in his absence – and says the fact that all teams have been inconsistent makes it a race you can’t take your eyes off.

“No-one is going to run away with it and that’s what makes it so great this season,” he added.

“There doesn’t seem one side who are putting win after win together every week and although we are one of those teams we are still up there, right up there.

“That’s a credit to the players because we can go and get three points off the back or a poor few results. We pick ourselves up.

“That’s the attitude the manager has passed onto the players. It’s a mentality thing – he has made it a great place to come and work, and I’ve been coming when I’m injured and enjoying the lads’ company.

“His door is always open and he earned the players’ respect quickly – now the question is can we go on to do something this season?

“Our view is that if we keep staying in and around things, even the top seven, then we could be well-placed to come good when it really matters.

“Not many people are talking about FC Halifax and that really doesn’t bother us all that much. But we are only a point behind the leaders so we’re no fools.

“Saturday against Woking will be difficult, they have just won for the first time in a very long time so their tails will be up. We’re going to have to work very hard but we’ve got the ability.”


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