MAGPIES manager Mark Jermyn was full of praise for his side after an incident saw Nathan Walker taken to hospital by ambulance after a 70 minute delay in Sunday’s match at the Skyex Stadium writes Stuart Broom.
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The collision happened with 15 minutes left to play when keeper Shane Murphy came for a cross as Walker and home striker Yannis Ambroisine challenged for the ball. Whilst Ambroisine recovered after treatment, it left Murphy badly limping with a thigh injury and Walker requiring medical assistance for a serious neck injury that saw him treated on the pitch by Dorchester’s physio Emma Tomkin and Neil Mackie, and the home physio, before being transported to hospital. Fortunately the injury is not as bad as feared and has been diagnosed as severe whiplash.
Eventually the game, which was evenly poised at 1-1, was restarted and David Gerrard scored a late winner to earn the Magpies all the points. Jermyn who was playing, tried to get the game abandoned, but with Hayes manager Mickey Lewis wanting to continue, referee Daniel Lamport decided to reconvene once Walker had been transported to hospital.
Jermyn said: “I spoke to the referee several times but he was reluctant to call it off, whilst their manager, probably aware that Shane was injured, wanted to finish it. At that point they had the upper hand having equalised a few minutes earlier.”
Asked about his players character once the game restarted, the county town boss said: “I think they were brilliant; it was a great reaction. “They (Hayes) obviously thought they were going to go on to win it, but our players gave a good account of themselves, it was a tough for them to see Nathan laid on the pitch for over an hour.”
Jermyn changed the formation to play three across the back. “It was important to ensure we were tight at the back. To lose would have been devastating after all the drama. Up to then we were comfortable and, apart from their goal, I don’t think they really bothered us too much.”
Lewis Morgan had given the Magpies a fourth minute lead which they held until just over the hour when Sam Humphreys rifled an equaliser into the top corner. However, Gerrard scored the winner five minutes from then end as he curled a superb 20-yard free kick around the wall and beyond keeper Louis Wells.
There was midweek humiliation for the Magpies as they were thrashed 10-0 at Steve Claridge’s SALISBURY FC before a crowd of 437 in last night’s League Challenge Cup tie.
The Dorch line-up included eight of the squad from Sunday’s 2-1 win at Hayes but, after a goal less opening 20 minutes, the cup shock began to rapidly unravel with the hosts scoring five in each half.