Bala Town’s 3-1 win at Cefn Druids on Saturday was a big boost for the Lakesiders, but an event which happened with nine minutes remaining at The Rock all but paled the result into insignificance.
The 81st minute saw midfielder Daniel Gosset make his first appearance for Town in more than 18 months following a battle with cancer.
It was a highly emotional moment as Daniel came on as substitute for Raul Correia – and one which medical experts at one point warned might not ever happen.
But the 26-year-old never stopped believing he would not only return to kicking a ball, but also would play at the top level in Wales again.
Daniel was inundated with congratulatory messages after Saturday’s game and said on social media afterwards: “It’s been a minute.. 😅⚽️
“Great win and an amazing feeling to be back on the pitch last weekend, I was told this may never be an option for me again.
“Against the odds I always visualised myself back playing, the countless hours of rehab and gym work felt like it paid off. 🙏🏻”
In August 2019, Daniel received the devastating news that what he initially thought was a typical football injury was in fact a type of blood cancer known as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Six months of chemotherapy followed. During his treatment, a morale-boosting visit to meet the Wales men’s squad was arranged. And in January 2020 he was given the all-clear.
In June 2020, he was told further good news that the break in his femur had completely healed and received the go-ahead to restart training.
At the same time, Bala were thrilled to announce Daniel would be staying with them for the 2020/21 season.
Daniel began his career with Oldham Athletic, making two Football League appearances before a spell on loan with Stockport County.
He made his Welsh Premier League debut for Rhyl in 2014-15 and later had a stint at full-time club The New Saints before signing for Bangor City in June 2016.
Daniel had two successful seasons at Nantporth, his industrious passing game fitting the team’s style of play, and he helped the club reach the Europa League and played against Danish side Lyngby in 2017.
He moved to Bala Town in 2018, and has also had a loan stint at Cefn Druids.
Daniel has represented Wales at C level and made his international debut in March 2018 against a strong England side.
His return to competitive football is fantastic news for sport in North Wales.