FOOTBALL: ‘Potentially it seemed to be a very serious injury’
Spalding United are back home on Saturday after the relief of knowing that Jonny Lockie’s injury was not as serious as initially feared.
They face Belper Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Field with a four-point gap between the clubs.
The Tulips looked to be heading for defeat on Tuesday night as Frickley Athletic led 2-0 thanks to goals by Danny Burns and Gav Allott.
But with nine minutes left, the match was abandoned due to Lockie’s neck injury amid fears of spinal damage.
The teenage striker was given the all-clear after x-rays and the match will be played again on Tuesday, April 10.
Lockie had replaced Luke White on 65 minutes but was taken to hospital after a collision with a defender.
After discussions with both management teams, referee Kevin Saunby called off the game as they waited for an ambulance.
Spalding manager Chris Rawlinson said: “Potentially it seemed to be a very serious injury.
“Thankfully, though, we are really pleased that he has got nothing worse than a bad whiplash injury which you would get in a car accident.
“Luckily, there were no breaks or spinal damage.
“It wasn’t a bad challenge but credit to the medical team for their sterling job.
“The ambulance arrived about 45 minutes later but we couldn’t ask the players and fans to wait around so the game had to be abandoned.
“It will be replayed and it’s only fair on the other clubs going for a play-off place. We could have got back into the game with nine minutes plus stoppages to play.
“We let in a sloppy goal at a corner and had a spell when we felt sorry for ourselves.
It wasn’t a bad challenge but credit to the medical team for their sterling job.
“But then we got on top until they scored again just before the injury. We were in the ascendancy but we didn’t turn the pressure into goals.
“It was a good performance carrying on from Saturday’s win at Kidsgrove Athletic.
“Hopefully, we can pick up more points against Belper and Gresley in the next week to make it more comfortable with 10 games to go.”
Captain Gary King will be banned on Saturday and Ben Davison is doubtful but Neal Spafford could return. Lee Beeson and James Tricks have both left the club.