It was a big game for Epping Town on Saturday as they hosted Corinthians in their final Essex Olympian League Division Two game of the season on Saturday.
The final league table was to be worked out on a PPG basis following the delay of the season due to pandemic. Epping needed to win and for Beacon Hill Rovers to lose their game against Wakering Sports to go up or the other option was if Epping drew and Wakering Sports win it would send them up on PPG.
In the end Epping Town's amazing 7-0 victory was in vain as Beacon Hill Rovers won 3-2 and go up with Leigh Town on a PPG basis to next season's Division One.
This game was marred by a serious leg break injury to Epping Town's player-manager Stuart Hoskins following a very late challenge from a Corinthian's player after only 15 minutes of the game played. Stuart was treated on the field for an hour with an ambulance taking him to hospital. Epping physio Stuart Aitchison was amazing in what was a horrible incident. I caught the challenge on film but have decided the best decision is it's better to leave it off the internet.
The update is Stuart was operated on over the weekend and the good news he is now at home with his wife and little boy. He tweeted after the game 'Couldn't be prouder to manage this club Epping FC especially after today. The reaction these boys give myself and Limber (Dave Limber - Assistant Manger) today was nothing short of spectacular. I may have a broken leg but I'm bursting with pride. What a fanstastic season we've just had!'
Many people in the local football community have sent Stuart get well messages proving what a popular person he is. I echo these thoughts and send my best wishes to him and his family.
Epping's goals were scored by Sam Law, Chris Gormley (2), Joe Rickett and Callum Turner (3).
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