Scholars refuse to play it again

PUBLISHED: 16:20 15 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

THE Scholars are to drop out of the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup. Officials at the club made the decision after being told they must replay an abandoned fixture which they had led 2-0 with 15 minutes to go. Match officials had no option but to call the

THE Scholars are to drop out of the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup.

Officials at the club made the decision after being told they must replay an abandoned fixture which they had led 2-0 with 15 minutes to go.

Match officials had no option but to call the game off when Town striker Tegana James suffered a potentially fatal injury on the pitch during the match at Parkfield against Uxbridge on December 11.

Club staff resuscitated the teenager, saving his life before paramedics arrived.

The 19-year-old former Stanborough School pupil was rushed to hospital and spent 24 hours in intensive care at Barnet General Hospital.

Tegana was on loan to the Scholars from St Albans City and he is a pupil at Oaklands College Academy.

The Middlesex County Football Association have said the second round cup tie should be played again but Bar officials are adamant that will not happen.

Club chairman Peter Waller said: "We are withdrawing from the Middlesex Cup.

"We are not prepared to play the game again, we do not see the point in it.

"It will still have a lot of feeling following the injury suffered to Tegana.

"We are more concerned that no more repercussions occur and the well-being of the players must come first.

"We will pull out if no-one else is prepared to."

More than a month after sustaining the injury, Waller described the latest condition of the young footballer.

"Tegana is much improved. His latest brain scan seemed OK, but his heart was said to only be the strength of a 75-year-old man's.

"He has a programme to get it stronger. The lad can't play football or any physical activity whatsoever for now and his football career is in doubt.

"These kinds of things are more important than football, so it's something we have had to do and we are proud to make a stand over it."

With Bar pulling out of the competition, Uxbridge would receive a bye into the quarter-finals of the cup.

Awaiting them will be a home fixture with Ashford Town later this month.

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