Keeper injury mars Welwyn Garden City’s derby draw

PUBLISHED: 16:13 04 October 2011 | UPDATED: 16:18 04 October 2011

WGC keeper Joe Croft suffered a neck injury in Saturday's draw with Harpenden

WGC keeper Joe Croft suffered a neck injury in Saturday's draw with Harpenden


Welwyn Garden City FC drew 2-2 with high flying Harpenden Town on Saturday, but the game was overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to City keeper Joe Croft.

During the second half the Citizens number one collided with an opposing forward and was left motionless on the ground.

An ambulance was called and took the stopper to hospital over concerns of a neck injury.

Scans showed Croft had not suffered a serious injury, although he has been ruled out of action for four to six weeks.

At that stage of the game City led 2-1, Jerome Cain had put the hosts ahead in the 18th minute as he kneed the ball in after the visiting keeper had fumbled a Tommy Kiernan effort.

However, Town levelled nine minutes before half-time through Mark Hitchcock.

After the break City regained the lead as striker Ade Osobu netted, his second goal in two games, on the hour-mark.

Croft then suffered his injury, after a lengthy delay he was replaced between the sticks by midfielder Kiernan.

Despite Kiernan’s best efforts he was unable to keep out Harpenden.

They earned a share of the spoils with an equaliser through Jimmy Hill who headed home a corner.

WGC were reduced to 10-men on 80 minutes when Osobu was sent-off for dissent.

The hosts held on for the remainder to secure a point which lifted them to eighth in the Division One table.

After the game, City boss Simon Braine’s immediate thoughts were for his goalkeeper.

He said: “We were all very concerned about Joe [Croft] and are glad he’ll be ok.

“I spoke to him Sunday and he seemed in the right frame of mind.

“We look forward to him recovering and getting back in the team.”

Of the game, which extended his side’s unbeaten run to four in the league, he added: “We could have had three points, but that’s the way it goes.

“People are playing well in their roles, however we still seem to be getting a lot of injuries.

“In the last four games I’ve not been able to put out the same side, however the lads that have come up from the reserves have done well.

“We are still giving away some sloppy goals, but from a new side that has been put together quickly that can happen.

“Our aim now is to just to do as well as we can.”

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