Monday, 27 August 2018
BIGGLESWADE FC'S CUP COMEBACK HALTED BY INJURY TO SOHAM'S RUSSELL AND TURNER
It was a fantastic Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round game between Biggleswade FC and Soham Town Rangers on Saturday afternoon up until midway through the second half when a terrible clash of heads between Phil Turner and Callum Russell halted the game - it was one of those incidents which everyone knew was very serious as soon as it had happened. After around a twenty minute wait for an ambulance the players were still being treated and with no time limit given the game was rightly postponed by the referee. With Soham already making two substitutions up to that point as well I think it was the correct decision.
Soham had gone 0-2 up in the early stages of the game through a close range header from Lee Chaffey and Russell from the penalty spot - and with this being a step five v step four game they must of thought they were well on the way to avoiding a shock result.
Full credit to Biggleswade, who aside from a home defeat to Potton United in their previous game had won the other four of their games prior to this one, as they continued to play good football and scored a goal back via Alex Marsh. They looked the better side from then on in aside from a great save made by goalkeeper Ross Tompkins early in the second half.
MANY OF THE SOHAM PLAYERS CALLED FOR AN OFFSIDE IN THE BUILD UP TO BIGGLESWADE'S SECOND GOAL BUT AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS STILL TAKEN FROM THE VIDEO IT WASN'T EVEN CLOSE
Two goals then from Justin Leavers and Nick Henerbery then put Biggleswade 3-2 up and a shock result was on the cards up until the very unfortunate incident.
Phil Turner received treatment at the ground but luckily didn't need a trip in the ambulance with Russell who was given eight stitches to a cut on his head at Bedford Hospital - He was discharged in the early hours of Sunday morning. The Cold End sends them all the best and hopes they'll be back playing football soon.
A brilliant touch was the man of the match award given to Biggleswade FC's physio India Bunnage who was magnificent in helping out with the treatement of Russell and Turner along with many other people.
The re-arranged game is likely to take place on Tuesday 4th September.
Soham Town Rangers narrowly lost 1-0 at Bury Town today in front of a good bank holiday crowd of 490 people. They entertain Coggeshall Town on Saturday in the Bostik League North Division. Biggleswade FC entertain North Greenford United in a SSMFL Premier Division fixture on the same day.