Striker Ricky Anslow returns to Lye

LYE Town's title hopes have been boosted by the return of top striker Ricky Anslow.

Anslow, who proved a huge hit since arriving at Lye from AFC Wulfrunians last season, had moved to Chasetown two weeks ago.

Despite damaging his ankle in pre-season training, which forced him to miss the first six weeks of the season, Anslow went on to score 25 goals in 20 appearances before his move away.

However, he will now returned to Town's attack and join the man who was brought in to replace him, former Wolves man James Spray.

Spray scored in only his second start for Lye as they beat Black Country Rangers 2-0 last Saturday.

Lye chairman Brian Blakemore has welcomed Anslows return after the forward decided the move to Chasetown wasn't right for him.

He said: "We are delighted to have Ricky back with us at Lye. There is no issue at all. He left with our blessing and we have welcomed him back.

"He will really give us a boost for the end of the season. With him and James now in the squad we are a lot stronger in that area and have some very good options."

Lye's home game against Wellington Amateurs on Tuesday night had to be abandoned after a visiting player suffered a double leg fracture.

Next up for Town is a trip to third placed Sporting Khalsa on Saturday. Top-of-the-table Lye will be looking to extend the current 10 point gap between them and Sporting in the West Midlands Premier League.

Blakemore added: "I think it will be a tough game. Sporting Khalsa are still a danger and are still in with a chance of winning the league."

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