Match abandoned after serious injury

Knottingley coach Craig Field (pictured) immediately recommended the game be abandoned after Castleford's Nathan Campsill was seriously injured.
Knottingley coach Craig Field (pictured) immediately recommended the game be abandoned after Castleford's Nathan Campsill was seriously injured.

A serious leg injury to Castleford RUFC player Nathan Campsill saw last Saturday’s Yorkshire Division Two derby match at Knottingley abandoned after 21 minutes.

Knottingley were leading 14-7 when Castleford forward Campsill was hurt in an innocuous tackle.

It looked like Campsill’s studs stuck in the soft ground and he ended up with a double lower leg tibia and fibula fracture.

Knottingley coach Craig Field immediately recommended that the game be abandoned, even though his team would have had an advantage.

The referee also saw that this was the correct action and abandoned the match.

It took an ambulance nearly two hours to get to the injured Castleford player, although an ambulance first responder did attend after an hour so he had some pain relief.

Nathan’s teammates and Knottingley RUFC officials made him as comfortable as they could as he lay on the pitch until the ambulance arrived.

He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, and then transferred to Leeds for corrective surgery on Sunday.

The match will be replayed on Saturday, February 6.

A Knottingley RUFC spokesman said: “The players, committee and spectators all wish Nathan a speedy recovery.

“We look forward to the re-arranged match.”

Pontefract’s Yorkshire Division Two fixture at Keighley last Saturday was postponed.

In this Saturday’s first-team fixtures in Yorkshire Division Two, Pontefract host Moortown, Knottingley visit Old Grovians and Castleford are home to Wath Upon Dearne.