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Former Chasetown FC loanee relishing Scholars Ground return

Alex Titchiner. Pic: Dave Birt

Alex Titchiner. Pic: Dave Birt

Alex Titchiner admits the chance to get one over on his former club will be an added incentive as his Colwyn Bay side visit Chasetown FC.

The midfielder spent a portion of last season on loan at the Scholars Ground last season, but saw his chances limited as Charlie Blakemore’s side pushed for promotion.

And Titchiner admits there will be no time for nostalgia as he aims to get one over on his former team-mates tonight (September 21). He said:

“Being on loan at Chasetown last season means that there is that added bit of incentive going into the game, but the main thing is we can go there and get a result so we can keep up our good start to the season.

“I have mixed memories of my time there to be honest. I enjoyed the surroundings at the club and the people, but felt slightly frustrated at my lack of playing time.

“But these things happen. On the whole it was a good experience for me at that stage in my career, something that I learned a great deal from.”

The pacey youngster may not have had the best of times after making the temporary switch to the Scholars Ground from Crewe Alexandra, but his career seemed to be blossoming after he returned to Gresty Road.

He soon found himself a part of the first team squad before making another temporary switch to Colwyn Bay, where he made an impact before an ankle injury curtailed his loan spell – and ultimately saw him released by Crewe.

Titchiner explained:

“I joined Colwyn Bay on loan and was playing really well until I suffered a nasty ankle injury and ended up missing the last three months of the season. That pretty much put me out of the reckoning at Crewe and my contract was not renewed.

“I immediately agreed to sign a contract with the Bay for this season and I’m still finding my feet since returning from my injury and looking forward to the rest of the season ahead.”

Colwyn Bay will provide a stern test to a Chasetown side still reeling from an FA Cup defeat at Kidsgrove Athletic and a 2-0 league loss at Worksop Town.

The Welsh club stretched their unbeaten league run to seven games with a draw against Mickleover last weekend.

And Titchiner is backing his new club to continue their strong start against The Scholars. He said:

“We’ve had a great start, but I think the fans and everyone at the club is pleased with our current situation. We were odds-on favourites to go straight back down, but we have put together a really strong squad and have a good mixture of experienced heads and young lads hungry to do well in the game.

“When we play to our full capability I think most teams in this league will find us hard to play against and if we can carry on how we’ve started then I think we’ll do just fine.”

Titchiner’s return to Staffordshire will see him lock horns with more than a few familiar faces.

But it’s not just the players he shared a dressing room with at The Scholars Ground that the former Crewe man is looking to meeting up with again.

His former Gresty Road team-mate Chris Peel was one of Chasetown’s summer signing. Titchiner said:

“I grew up with Chris in the academy at Crewe with him being an age group younger than me so it will be good to see his face again.”

Chasetown will have Dean Perrow available after suspension for the game against Colwyn Bay, which kicks off at 7.45pm tonight, at The Scholars Ground.

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