NEIL Young was delighted to see Ashley Williams make his return to first team football in Chester FC’s 2-0 home win over Whitby Town.
The combative midfielder was brought off the bench to a rapturous reception after spending the last seven months on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder.
Blues boss Young said: “He’s worked so hard to get to the level of fitness he’s currently at – which is outstanding – and I thought it would be a great time to get him out on the pitch and give him a lift because he has been down when he’s not been playing.
“But hopefully over these next six games he’ll play a major part in bringing the championship to Chester.”
Williams’s chances of starting a match before the end of season have increased after Michael Powell was booked in the comfortable victory over Whitby.
It was Powell’s 10th caution of the campaign and he will now serve a two-match suspension as a result.
The win was Chester’s seventh on the run and cemented their 11-point lead at the summit going into the final six matches of the season.
Young, whose table-topping side head to Kendal Town on Tuesday (7.45pm), said: “At this stage of the season it’s not about performances, it’s more about results, so while it wasn’t a great spectacle we’ve kept a clean sheet and won the game 2-0.
“We’re in a fantastic position but we know we’ve got two tough away games coming up before taking on the team in second, Northwich, at our place.
“We’ve just got to prepare and get refreshed for Tuesday now.”