Clanfield’s cup tie abandoned after skipper Will Martin suffers broken leg against Denmead

Clanfield and Denmead are to replay their Hampshire Premier League supplementary cup tie after Saturday’s match was abandoned.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 12:10 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd May 2021, 5:25 pm
The tackle in which Clanfield captain Will Martin suffered a broken leg in the Hampshire Premier League supplementary cup tie with Denmead at Front Lawn. Picture: Keith Woodland

Clanfield skipper Will Martin was stretchered off with a broken leg in the 59th minute of his side’s final L4 Teamwear Challenge Cup group tie at Front Lawn.

‘It was probably the right call to abandon it,’ said Clanfield boss Lee Blakely.

‘Certainly our players weren’t in the right frame of mind to carry on after seeing what had happened.

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The tackle in which Clanfield captain Will Martin suffered a broken leg in the Hampshire Premier League supplementary cup tie with Denmead at Front Lawn. Picture: Keith Woodland

‘It was just what I would call a good old-fashioned 50-50 challenge and unfortunately Will’s come off worse.’

The tie, which stood at 2-2 at the time, will be replayed tomorrow at Front Lawn (8.15pm).

Whoever wins will progress to the knockout stages and a last-16 trip to north Hampshire to face Silchester next Saturday.

If the match is drawn, Denmead will progress by virtue of having scored one more goal than Clanfield - both teams currently have a minus one goal difference.

Clanfield captain Will Martin is treated by ambulance staff after breaking his leg, leading to the abandonment of his club's cup tie with Denmead at Front Lawn. Picture: Keith Woodland

Clanfield led 2-0 at the weekend through Koko and a Dylan Riches penalty.

But Denmead hit back to level before half-time.

‘It looked as if it was going to be a real thriller,’ said Blakely.

‘It was a bit frustrating for us - we were in control but we seem to have 15-minute periods when we panic and let teams back in.’

A Clanfield player leaps over this challenge from Denmead skipper Steve Field. Picture: Keith Woodland
The tackle in which Clanfield captain Will Martin suffered a broken leg in the Hampshire Premier League supplementary cup tie with Denmead at Front Lawn. Picture: Keith Woodland
Will Martin has just suffered a broken leg in Clanfield's Hampshire Premier League supplementary cup tie with Denmead at Front Lawn. Picture: Keith Woodland
Clanfield captain Will Martin poses for The News' photographer as he waits for an ambulance to arrive at Front Lawn after suffering a broken leg. Picture: Keith Woodland