Owen Dale’s successful stint as an Altrincham player has come to an end after Crewe Alexandra bosses deemed him ready to press his first-team claims at Gresty Road and decided he should return to his parent club.
His improved form in recent weeks have not gone unnoticed by the League Two side and his hard work and ability to hold down a place in Altrincham side has earned him a recall.
While disappointed at having to part with a player who has become a firm fans’ favourite since making his debut in a 3-0 Vanarama National League North win at Darlington three months ago, the club have not completely given up on seeing him in Alty colours again at some stage.
Dale, who turned 20 at the start of this month, formed a potent wing partnership with John Johnston that has been the scourge of opposing defences in recent weeks. Both quick, direct and in their element taking on defenders, their presence in the starting line-up has enabled Alty to cause mayhem down both flanks during an unbeaten league run that stretches back to the end of September.
Also departing The J.Davidson Stadium is Charlie Scott, who can operate in midfield or defence and joined the club a month ago after leaving Manchester United in the summer. Though he played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 Cheshire Senior Cup defeat to Congleton a month ago, he has been an unused substitute in his three other appearances in Alty’s matchday squad.
With his priority being minutes on the pitch to build up his strength and fitness, and the form of those ahead of him barring the way, it was mutually agreed he would be best served seeking game time at another club.