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Pinder cherishes 'best ten minutes of life'

26th April, 2017

Back in November, 17-year-old Worsbrough Bridge Athletic defender Matt Pinder did not know if he would walk again but on Saturday he made an emotional appearance for the first team.

On Saturday he made his comeback to a football field after five months of intensive rehabilitation as a late substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Pontefract Collieries.

Ardsley-based Matt had contracted the rare Guillain Barre Syndrome – a treatable condition, but one that occasionally becomes life-threatening or leaves people with long-term problems. Ex-Liverpool defender Markus Babbel is a former sufferer.

Matt refused to let the condition affect his future so his ten minute cameo in the Toolstation NCEL Division One game shuts the door firmly on a “traumatic” past six months and opens a new one on a bright future.

“(Worsbrough Bridge manager) Josh (Wright) asked me two weeks ago whether I wanted to play in the last game of the season and I just said ‘yeah, maybe one or two minutes’,” Matt told Non League Yorkshire.

“But I managed to get ten minutes. I was very emotional when waiting to come on because I could see my dad and I know it has been hard for him. Him and the rest of my family have been there for me every single day.

“Those ten minutes were the best ten minutes of my life."

For the full story and interview with Non League Yorkshire, click here.

(Story Source: Non League Yorkshire)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Cleethorpes Town 42 108 99
2 Pickering Town 42 97 72
3 Bridlington Town 42 88 53
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 83 75
5 Thackley 42 78 35
6 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 69 36
7 AFC Mansfield 42 66 24
8 Albion Sports 42 66 1
9 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 65 12
10 Athersley Recreation 42 62 -8
11 Liversedge 42 59 26
12 Bottesford Town 42 56 -1
13 Worksop Town 42 55 -6
14 Maltby Main 42 54 -16
15 Garforth Town 42 53 -19
16 Clipstone 42 49 -22
17 Parkgate 42 41 -30
18 Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38 -36
19 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38 -70
20 Barton Town Old Boys 42 34 -75
R Armthorpe Welfare 42 24 -68
R Retford United (-3) 42 24 -82
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Hall Road Rangers 42 96 62
P Pontefract Collieries 42 95 75
3 AFC Emley 42 95 72
4 Grimsby Borough 42 89 46
5 Hallam 42 82 59
P Penistone Church 42 82 38
7 Knaresborough Town 42 70 19
8 Campion 42 68 28
9 Eccleshill United 42 66 15
10 Selby Town 42 61 -2
11 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 59 9
12 Winterton Rangers 42 59 8
13 Yorkshire Amateur 42 53 -4
14 Brigg Town 42 49 -42
15 Rossington Main 42 45 -17
16 Teversal 42 45 -27
17 Ollerton Town 42 43 -29
18 Shirebrook Town 42 39 -47
19 Dronfield Town 42 35 -44
20 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 35 -75
R Westella & Willerby 42 27 -59
22 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 15 -85

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