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South Shields Women FC midfielder reflects on recovery and return

Legg pictured (Credit: Craig McNair – ID Event Photography) 

South Shields Women FC midfielder Annece Legg has battled two unfortunate ACL injuries, it is safe to say she is “thoroughly enjoying” her long-awaited comeback season. 

In early 2018, Legg ruptured her Anterior Cruciate Ligament in her right knee, whilst playing against Durham Cestria for Newcastle United Women.   

She was on the waiting list for reconstruction surgery for over a year, eventually getting the surgery in 2019. 

After joining the Mariners in summer of 2020, she sadly ruptured her left ACL in the pre-season of the 2021/22 season. 

This caused a moment of doubt for Legg’s future; however, the surgery-date came around sooner than expected. 

A combination of fast surgery and determination has enabled the Mariners midfielder to be ready for the current season. 

Despite the “slight fear” of recurrence, Legg has scored four goals, in only seven appearances this season. 

“The hard times did make me question if it was the right decision to return after my surgery as there was slight fear in case it could happen again.  

“I couldn’t give up on doing the sport I love. 

“This was another lengthy injury and more obstacles to overcome but the surgery date came around quick, and I was back a year later ready for the 2023/24 season, which I am thoroughly enjoying. 

“Personally, I think I am finally in a place where I feel fit and happy, both mentally and physically, which I think is showing on and off the pitch, and that’s down to determination, the club and the team around me. 

“I feel like I am performing well in training, on match days and continuing to progress, thanks to the help of the coaching staff. 

“In my opinion, the team at the minute is the best it’s ever been, everyone’s spirits are high, and I hope it continues.” 

Legg (left) celebrating at 1st Cloud Arena (Credit: Craig McNair – ID Event Photography) 

The midfielder netted her first goal of the season in a 9-0 home victory against Hartlepool United Women FC. She reflected on this great memory. 

“This was a special game for me, as it was my first time playing at the stadium. 

“After watching the girls from the sidelines play numerous times at 1st Cloud Arena, it made me more determined to get back fit to join them. 

“The whole game was an outstanding performance from every player, but it made it that little bit special to get a goal in front of a home crowd. 

“Hopefully there is more to come to create some great memories for the club.” 

The Mariners head into the Christmas break in second place, with a game in hand on front runners Sunderland West End Ladies, in the North East Regional Womens Football League.