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Injury frustration for club captain

By Connor Thompson

Newark Flowserve club captain James Cullingworth has been left ‘frustrated’ after suffering a major injury set back.

Cullingworth, who signed a professional contract with Nottingham Forest in 2006, has been playing his football with Flowserve since January.

After winning the Notts Senior League Premier Division last season, Cullingworth and Flowserve have enjoyed a brilliant start to step six of non-league football, sitting third in the East Midland Counties League.

JAMES CULLINGWORTH (on the ball) against Rainworth Miners Welfare during September’s league win. (4598788)
JAMES CULLINGWORTH (on the ball) against Rainworth Miners Welfare during September’s league win. (4598788)

However, in last week’s Notts Senior Cup victory over Retford, Cullingworth suffered a fracture on his right fibula, potentially ruling him out until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old, who works as a Elite Sport Development teacher at Loughborough College, said: “If I had to sum up how I am feeling right now in one word, that word would be frustrated.

“I have been told by the doctor’s that I will not have the cast off for eight to 12 weeks, but I think personally think I can do it in six.”

The determined character, who won the Notts Senior League Cup with Flowserve last season,spoke passionately about his intent to get fit as quickly as possible.

“I have spoken to sport-specific physios about my injury.

“I believe I will be able to come back quicker than expected.

“I have done my research on healthy bone diets.

“I know what food’s are good and what food’s are bad,” said Cullinworth.

The Loughborough University graduate, who is currently missing work because of his cast, believes his previous injury experience has prepared him mentally for moments like this.

In June 2014, playing in a friendly game for Worksop Town against his local side Carlton, the defender was on the wrong end of dangerous challenge.

Cullingworth required ankle reconstruction surgery and was side-lined for one year.

“Fortunately, the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) paid for my surgery,” he said

“But because I have this pin in my leg, there is a chance that this time round it could affect the healing process.

“I am going for an X-ray on Thursday (today) and if it goes smoothly, I will make sure I am fit for January.

“I have been to gym every day since the injury, I want to be in the best position possible.”

Despite the injury, Cullingworth said he is still going to attend match days.

“Of course I am going to go down and support the boys from the stand.

“I seriously think the club have the potential to challenge in both the league and the cup (Notts Senior Cup),” he said.

“Flowserve have a brilliant foundation with local lads like Tom Potts, Danny Meadows and Rhys Lewis.

Local lad Tom Potts.
Local lad Tom Potts.

“They are all at the club for the right reasons.

“They want to give back to Newark and give the fans a football club to shout about.

“The management know what they are doing and the club is ran correctly.

“It is an exciting place to be right now.”

Flowserve's joint manager Steve Kirkham.
Flowserve's joint manager Steve Kirkham.

To read the report from Flowserve’s cup win over Retford click here.

For the preview of their trip to Ingles and their dramatic 3-3 draw with Graham Street Prims in the league on Saturday, click here.


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