Frickley’s cup tie abandoned after injury to captain

Frickley captain Matty Bloor
Frickley captain Matty Bloor

Frickley Athletic’s Doodson Sport Cup clash at Brigg Town was abandoned in the first half on Tuesday night after skipper Matty Bloor was feared to have suffered a double leg break and was rushed to hospital.

Midfielder Bloor was treated on the pitch at the Hawthorns for nearly half-an-hour by medics before being taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital by ambulance.

The Blues have reported that their captain’s injury was not as bad as feared, but it has been diagnosed as a dislocated ankle. This was put back in place at the hospital and has been set in pot.

The injury occurred when the 23-year-old fell awkwardly in the area on 30 minutes, seconds after Luke Hinsley had fired home to put Frickley 1-0 up in the third round tie.

With Bloor initially believed to have suffered a break to his lower left leg and ankle, match officials decided to abandon the match at about 8.50pm after consulting with the management of the clubs.

A spokesman for Brigg Town said: “Everybody here wishes Matty a very speedy recovery.

“He landed awkwardly in the move that led to the goal and was very badly hurt.

“None of the players were in the right frame of mind to continue. We all hope he is okay and offer Frickley and the player our deepest sympathy on what was a very sad end to the night for all concerned.”

The third round cup tie has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Losing Bloor will be a big blow for the Blues as they return to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League action this Saturday with a home game against Ashton United (3pm).

After losing 4-1 to Trafford last weekend Athletic slipped to fifth from bottom and are in need of a boost, but face a tough task against opponents sixth from top.

Frickley, meanwhile, have announced that they are aiming to become a Football Association Charter Standard Development Club.

In December the Premier Division’s Blues achieved the first rung on the governing body’s charter standard ladder when they were awarded FA Charter Standard Adult Club status and officials now want to take the next step up.

Secretary Steve Pennock said: “Everyone here is really pleased and proud to have achieved FA Charter Standard Adult Club status.

“With this being the FA’s benchmark for standards of coaching, administration and child welfare it is great that Frickley Athletic have proved that we more than conform to these standards.

“Now, with our recently formed academy set-up, we will be looking to progress to FA Charter Standard Development Club in the future.”