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Loan watch: Baines and Mooney enjoy play-off success with Ashton United

Urwin also in action as Chorley narrowly lose out to Harrogate Town

8 May 2018

Ashton United were promoted to the National League North after their 2-0 win over Grantham Town in the Evo Stik Premier play-off final on Saturday afternoon.

The game saw Baines play the whole 90 minutes, with teammate Mooney playing 71 minutes – both who joined the club on loan in January 2018 – and with both Town players making an impact in their three-month loan spell at the Robins.

After picking up their winners medals on Saturday, Baines took to social media to say a massive thank you to Ashton: "I'd like to say a massive thank you and farewell to everyone. It's been an absolute pleasure to have been a part of this promotion winning side and I wish you all the luck for the future! The players, management and fans have been outstanding!"

Mooney followed up by saying: "Thanks to @AshtonUnitedFC, the players, staff and fans for my time at the club. Buzzing to be involved in being promoted and being part of a class team and good luck next year!"

Matty Urwin – who was on loan at National League North side Chorley FC – has been ever present for Matt Jansen's Magpies this season and helped guide them into the play-off places after a fantastic season between the sticks.

A trip to Yorkshire in the semi-finals ended in heartache as a last-minute goal from Dominic Knowles saw Harrogate Town clinch the narrow 2-1 win to end Chorley's season – who suffered a loss in the play-off final last year against Halifax Town.

Urwin returned to Fleetwood earlier this week and has now been given a further 12 months on his contract, and the 24-year-old will look to impress the new manager [Joey Barton] when he arrives at the club on Saturday 2nd June 2018.

The goalkeeper had kind words to say farewell to the magpies: "Just want to thank everyone @chorleyfc. Can honestly say it's been my best and most enjoyable season in football, with the best group of lads I've ever been involved with. Shame to end the season like this. Also, a Massive thanks to all the fans who have been class."

All three players have now returned to Poolfoot Farm after successful loan spells, and we look forward to seeing them in pre-season training in the middle of June. ​


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