Hatfield Town’s opening game abandoned after striker suffers broken ankle

PUBLISHED: 09:57 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:28 12 August 2015

James Millard holds up the ball

James Millard holds up the ball


Hatfield Town’s season got off to an unsavoury start as their home Spartan South Midlands League Division One clash with newly-promoted Brimsdown was abandoned after 20 minutes due to a serious injury to striker James Millard.

With the Blueboys in command at 2-0 after two goals in three minutes from the stricken Millard and Ryan North, the former raced into a 50/50 challenge with visiting goalkeeper Joe Woodley.

Having got to the ball and directed it towards goal, seconds later Millard collapse in agony with a broken ankle.

With an ambulance called, both teams were left to wait to see if the game would restart but after the referee’s time limit of 20 minutes for resumption elapsing and paramedics still treating Millard, it was decided it would not.

Up to then it had been a promising start to Town’s 2015/16 campaign and new boss Kev Pearman’s Gosling Stadium tenure.

The away side were slightly on top in the opening stages as a flurry of corners kept Hatfield on their toes.

Weathering the storm, the hosts went on the offensive and soon reaped rewards for their endeavour.

North’s deviously whipped ball found the leaping Millard at the far post and he rose highest to give Hatfield a first goal of the season.

Not content with sitting on their lead, they pressed further, and two minutes later, the advantage was doubled.

Terry Caswell, cousin of Welwyn Garden City striker Jason, squared perfectly for previous provider North who stuck a leg out and diverted the ball past Woodley.

Missing out on promotion by just one point last campaign, Hatfield were in the driving seat to pick up three in this season opener but then disaster struck with Millard downed.

Pearman’s men face Arlesey Town Reserves at the Gosling Stadium this Saturday.

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