Serious injury halts Welwyn Garden City game against Luton

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

WELWYN Garden City Ladies' game against Luton had to be abandoned after 50 minutes following a serious-looking injury to Lady Citizens' keeper Verity Crook. With the score at 0-0, a high ball came through and Crook went up for it at the Carlsberg Stadium,

WELWYN Garden City Ladies' game against Luton had to be abandoned after 50 minutes following a serious-looking injury to Lady Citizens' keeper Verity Crook.

With the score at 0-0, a high ball came through and Crook went up for it at the Carlsberg Stadium, Biggleswade.

A Luton attacker seemed poised to challenge then turned her back and Verity flipped over her, landing on her hip.

The player was booked for what the official called a malicious challenge.

Verity had no feeling in her legs for a frighteningly long time. She was on the ground for about an hour and after such a long delay the referee decided to abandon the game on the grounds of player safety.

The players were cold and the match would have finished just before 11pm had it been restarted.

The league tie has been re-arranged for 11am on May 10, again at the Carlsberg Stadium.

The good news is that no bones were broken and Verity was discharged from hospital the next day.

However, Crook may be out for the rest of the season.

But displaying a tremendous spirit, she is still hoping to play in the re-arranged fixture against Luton.

It has been a real stop-

start season for the Lady Citizens. The talented side had only one league game in both January and February. Hence any opportunity to get a run going has been hard.


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