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CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Full Bluebirds outing just mint for Murray
BEN Murray was delighted to finally get 90 minutes in a Chippenham Town shirt under his belt in last weekend’s victory over Redditch United.
The 28-year-old made his debut in last month’s FA Cup defeat at Yate Town and had his first appearance cut short at half-time by a calf injury.
Murray was an unused substitute against Bedford Town on September 21 but was pleased to return to help ease the Bluebirds defensive woes.
“Obviously, I was still carrying a bit of an injury last week, which was why Steve Winter decided to leave me out,” said the former Clevedon Town man.
“If you go out and play to avoid injury then you won’t play to your best. You’ve got to try and give 100 per cent all the time.
“I’m still struggling a little bit with fitness but I really enjoyed Saturday – the lads put in a good performance and we thoroughly deserved the win.”
Murray joined the Bluebirds last month after falling out of favour at Clevedon but says that he would have made the step up to the Calor League Premier Division even if his lack of playing time wasn’t a concern.
The defender added: “I know Adam Tudor from previous clubs and he gave me a call to say that the squad was in limbo slightly and short on defenders.
“This is a good standard and a great club and you just don’t turn down that kind of opportunity.
“I played pretty much every game last season but for some reason (Mickey Bell, Clevedon manager) decided that he wanted to go with other personnel this season. I respect his decision but it wasn’t helping me personally.
“But I think even if I had been playing and this opportunity came along, there only would have been one decision because it’s a step up.”
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