Baily spurs Willant to crucial win

PUBLISHED: 17:28 16 December 2010

Willand star Dan Baily - has had an operation on his knee this week.

Willand star Dan Baily - has had an operation on his knee this week.


FARWAY based Danny Baily went under the surgeon’s knife earlier this week for an operation to repair long standing knee trouble.

However, two days before he masterminded an FA Vase recovery mission for Willand Rovers.

Bailo, as he is more affectionately known at Silver Street, went to watch Willand on Saturday, as he didn’t want to risk aggravating his injury by starting a game, either for Willand or his dad’s Farway team where he has been doing 20 minute stints while on the op waiting list .

But a flu bug had hit the Toolstation league leaders prior to their FA vase tie with Wessex League Bournemouth on Saturday and he was asked to go as sub.

With Rovers trailing 1-0 Baily was summoned from the bench with 28 minutes remaining, and had a hand in both goals as the hosts turned round a 1-0 half time deficit into a 2-1 success and a fourth round tie at South Midlands side Dunstable Town on January 22.

First Baily delivered a precise free-kick that former Exeter City striker Dean Stamp tucked away at the near post and then, with six minutes remaining, he played a defence splitting pass releasing Shane Kingston to race clear and fire home the winner.

Unfortunately for Baily, and Willand Rovers, the talented midfielder will now have to undergo months of rehabilitation before he makes a return to the game. Eighty five percent of players who have this operation make a full return to the game and hopes are high both at Silver Street and, of course, in the Baily family, that Danny is one of those!

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