Maidenhead vs Marlow derby abandoned after player is injured
By Maidenhead Hockey Club
MHC M1s V Marlow M1s
The much-anticipated derby between Maidenhead men’s 1sts and Marlow men’s 1sts was abandoned on Saturday after an injury to a Marlow player.
The Reds’ David Crawford collided with a Maids player before slumping to the ground with neck pain. An ambulance was called and the match, which was almost at the halfway stage, was abandoned.
Maids captain Chris Brown said that initially the collision did not appear to be serious.
“It seemed innocuous at the time, just a coming together of two players,” he said.
“But it soon became obvious that it was more serious, an injury to his neck or back.
“We didn’t want to move him and called an ambulance which didn’t arrive for two hours because there was none available. It soon became obvious we couldn’t continue so abandoned the match.”
He added: “We wish him well and hope he’ll be back on the pitch soon.”
After x-rays at hospital, Crawford was found not to have broken any bones, but has damaged neck ligaments.
The match itself was described as a ‘cagey affair’ by Brown, with Maids leading 2-1 before it finished prematurely.
Brown added: “We went 1-0 up through a goal from Aqeel Hussain before Marlow equalised with what I think was their first effort.
“I then scored with a penalty stroke to make it 2-1. We did not have a full side out, and were not at our best, but we dealt well with their threats and were in the ascendency when the match ended.
“There were plenty of positives for us.”
The title credentials of second-placed Maids will be tested on Saturday when they travel to face leaders PHC Chiswick.
Brown is aware of their threat, but confident his side can come away with a result.
“Chiswick have real goal-scoring strength with the top scorer in the league,” he said.
“They come into the match off the back of an impressive 10-3 victory over Reading 3rds who themselves are not a bad side. We will be looking to suffocate them of possession and we will need to be on our game.
“We will certainly have to be ruthless in front of goal.”