WARMINSTER Town manager Mark Breffitt has defied the doctors and is playing football again.

In February 2015, the defender was airflifted to hospital in Bath after suffering breaking the fibula and tibia in his right leg during a derby match with Corsham Town.

The 29-year-old was told he would never play football again and that he came close to losing the leg completely had it not been for the actions of the paramedics in attendance that day.

However, after nine operations and two-and-half years later, Breffitt was able to take to the field again.

“It was brilliant to be playing again,” he said. “I was told I would never play again.

“I had compartment syndrome (which prevents blood reaching the nerves and muscles) and nine operations.

“But I have been working hard for the last six to seven months so to get back playing again is fantastic.

“The leg is fine, it held up to a few tackles and hopefully I can help the team out.”

However, Breffitt was unable to prevent his side from slipping to a last-gasp defeat at Bishops Lydeard.

The hosts bagged their winner in the 90th minute much to the chagrin of the Warminster chief.

“It was hard to take when you concede so late on,” added Breffitt, who is hoping to overcome a bout of tonsillitis ahead of Saturday’s Les Phillips Cup clash with Toolstation League First Division rivals Cheddar.

“I wouldn’t say we deserved to get anything from the game, but to go so far is tough.

“Our keeper Nathan Farquharson was man-of-the-match. He was unbelievable – one of the best performances I have seen.”

Westbury United continue to lead the way at the top of the table by three points after they beat Ashton and Backwell United 2-0 at Meadow Lane.

After a goalless first half, Dan Kovacs opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second period and the Westbury hitman struck two minutes later to secure all three points.

Elsewhere in the First Division, Corsham Town suffered a 2-0 home loss to Radstock Town.