Roll back to Saturday 6th August 2016, this was a very significant day in the history of Longlevens AFC.
Having rose up through the ranks of local football, they were about to compete in The Emirates FA Cup for the very first time.
For one man in particular it was another day to remember, but for all the wrong reasons as inside one minute defender Ellis Sausman sustained a knee ligament injury which would keep him out for the entire season. “At first I really didn’t think it was as bad as it turned out to be to be honest.” said Sausman, “So I was a bit surprised/gutted when the surgeon told me how bad it was and that I most likely won’t be back until spring 2018”
Sausman whose made a name for himself as being one of the physically strongest members of the side reflected on his long journey back to fitness. “The road to recovery was weird at first because my left leg pretty much turned into a stick. Then it was really good for 3-4 months after as there were daily improvements so I could see all the rehab paying off. Past that it was just frustrating as I could run about and do plenty in the gym but not play. I feel great at the moment as I’ve been doing a lot of work away from football to help, so hopefully it all goes well.
Sausman was a regular member of the championship winning side that rose towards the Hellenic League Premier and after missing the entire season is keen to get back involved having been given the green light to play last Monday. “Im very excited to be back. Not just to playing football but to be more involved with the lads. They’ve been great but it really isn’t the same if you can’t play in my opinion, if i had to say I’m worried about anything it would probably be about getting some sort of touch back as it’s been a long time away”
Longlevens manager Mark Moore said “Its great to have someone of not only his quality, but also his stature back around the club. There was a hole left in a very settled back four when he was injured last season so its like a new signing to us really. It certainly gives us more to think about”
Sausman spoke about his aims for the forthcoming season now he is fit to play. “This season I just want to get back into the team and playing regularly, with no injuries!”
Sausman is included in the Longlevens squad which host Brackley Town Saints this Saturday 12th August, Saw Mills,3pm kick off.