Controversy over Holbeach United abandonment

Sean Coughlan
Sean Coughlan
  • ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division
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Holbeach United chairman Dave Dougill has responded to comments made after the midweek trip to Rothwell Corinthians was abandoned due to injury with 17 minutes left to play.

The Tigers went 4-1 down as defender Nick Jackson suffered a torn calf muscle on his return to action from a one-match suspension.

Now the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League must decide whether to order a replay or award the Premier Division points to Corinthians.

Rothwell manager Shaun Sparrow said: “The lad picked up a calf strain and the Holbeach management told him not to get up.

“He lay there for about 15 minutes until the match was called off and a minute or so later, he was back on his feet.

“It was a farce. The referee and assistant referee told me afterwards the result will stand and it has to.

“The league have to make the decision and there’s only one decision they can make.

“I will lose all respect for the officials and the league if they get away with this.

“The league have to do their job. That cannot happen again.

“If they get away with this, we will never lose a match. Every time we are losing, I will get one of our lads to lie down and refuse to get up.”

Sparrow says his players were “absolutely outstanding” against Holbeach who also lost at home to Corinthians.

The Tigers took an early lead through on-loan teenage striker Sean Coughlan but Corinthians hit back thanks to goals from Ryan Goodband, Kalon Peniasko, Dom Page and Jordan Henson.

Dougill said: “The score was 3-1 when Nick Jackson went down and went to 4-1 as a result of him being on the ground.

“Yes, he was on the ground for about 15 minutes waiting for a stretcher, the only thing that arrived was a ‘back board’ as used for back injuries.

“He was carried to the clubhouse as there was not a treatment table in the changing room, and placed on several tables pulled together.

“His leg was strapped and he was then carried to the changing room. This was a good 30 minutes after the injury.

“I then left the ground to travel home and at no time did I witness Jackson walking or even standing unaided.

“FA requirements state that a stretcher and treatment table should be available at all clubs. Neither were available.”

Holbeach are back home on Saturday against bottom-of-the-table Huntingdon Town who have lost 30 out of 33 league games – conceding an average of four goals.

The Cromwellians have only picked up one point since October.