WINSFORD Saxons will be in a stronger position than before the third Covid-19 lockdown when their football campaign restarts.

They have made astute new signings from a higher level to give them a boost to the conclusion of their first season in the Chester and Wirral Football League.

And they are able to welcome back players to full fitness prior to the return to training on Monday, March 29 – the day the Government’s easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions is earmarked to allow organised outdoor team sport to spring into action.

“We’re all doing fine at Saxons, a lot of the players have been keeping themselves in good shape,” said manager Gary Lee Jamieson.

“It’s also given us chance to get injured players back with us not playing since December 19 so we have a full quota of players at our disposal for the first time all season after some bad injuries in pre-season and early in our league campaign.

“Sam Dodd and Farrell Duncan return from long-term knee issues since August, Sam Fallows, who was a new signing from Middlewich Town, injured his ankle in his very first training session with us, and he’s now back fully fit.”

Saxons have taken advantage of the fact that leagues at steps 3 to 6 in the National League System will not be recommencing their seasons.

Jamieson added: “We’ve signed on Michael Langley until the summer. The Winsford United goalkeeper couldn’t play for Winsford with their season curtailing.

“We also welcome back Dean Mundy from Runcorn Town for the same reason, Runcorn Town’s season being null and void.

“Also back in the fold is nomadic striker Greg Lumsden, the talented yet fiery striker has been a miss as he’s not played since September.

“So we’re strong, as strong as we can be, add the new faces, returning faces and the form of some of the lads we’re in for an exciting nine games left of the season.”

A friendly has been arranged against neighbours Winsford Diamonds on March 31st before Saxons get stuck into league action at home to Chester Nomads at Knights Grange on April 3.

Saxons currently lie third in Olympic Trophies Championship B thanks to four wins and two draws from their opening nine games.

Above them are leaders FC Duddon United on 19 points and second-placed Waggon & Horses on 15, with Saxons one point further adrift.

Next opponents Chester Nomads sit third from bottom with just one win to their name.