March Town match with Rothwell Corinthians abandoned following injury to Eoin McQuaid

March Town match with Rothwell Corinthians abandoned following injury to Eoin McQuaid

March Town 1, Rothwell Corinthians 2 (match abandoned)

United Counties League Premier Division South

A mix of defensive lapses and missed chances saw March slip to the most unlikely of defeats on Saturday, before the game was abandoned with just minutes remaining.

Craig Gillies on the ball
Craig Gillies on the ball

The home side struggled to equalize when midfielder Eoin McQuaid fell to the ground, minutes after apparently recovering from being injured and challenging for a header.

However, it soon became clear that McQuaid was seriously injured, and while he was still on the field, referee Don Maclarty had no choice but to abandon the match.

Officials in March later confirmed that McQuaid had suffered two broken ribs but did not go to hospital.

Sam Murphy goes for a header
Sam Murphy goes for a header

There is nothing in the United Counties League rule book about how many minutes must be played for a result to stand, so it looks like this game will now be replayed.

Against a side second from bottom of the division, March were expected to get all three points and this looked likely in the opening stages when Jack Saunders twice and Craig Gillies were denied by big saves.

However, the visitors scored against the run of play after 25 minutes when a cross from the left found Dodzi Agbenu in space and he drilled home from 20 metres.

Back came March and Jack Friend saw an effort hacked off the line and another hit the foot of the post. But Rothwell caught the home side on the break again before half-time, and Agbenu should have had a second but side-footed over the bar from 15 meters out.

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Manager Ash Taylor
Manager Ash Taylor

In the second half, March continued to attack, Friend saw another effort saved and Rob Conyard poked the rebound against a post. But the goal came and came on 55 minutes when a long Danny Emmington throw was headed by a defender into the path of Friend, who curled the ball into the top corner of the net.

It now looked like only one winner but Gillies was denied with a superb low save, saw a heading drive inches wide and watched as another chance was hacked off the line before he could put the finishing touches on it, Saunders drilling another effort agonizingly outside.

What no one saw coming was another Corinthians goal, but in the 75th minute the home defense went cold and Lamin Jammeh held his own to beat four defenders to the ball and coolly slot in.

Efraim Romanos in action
Efraim Romanos in action

Back came March and when McQuaid went down after colliding with a defender while going for a header, he appeared to make a quick recovery. But moments later, as March executed a tackle that resulted in Josh Burrows heading over the bar, the midfielder collapsed to the ground and the game was over.

March: Gill, Burrows, Brumby, Romanos, Emmington, Murphy, Saunders (Cavozzi), McQuaid, Conyard (Cowie), Gillies, Friend. Sub (not used): Edwards.

Participation: 191.

Craig Gillies on the ball
Craig Gillies on the ball
Eoin McQuaid fights for possession
Eoin McQuaid fights for possession
March v Rothwell Corinthians
March v Rothwell Corinthians
March v Rothwell Corinthians
March v Rothwell Corinthians
Another attack in March will amount to nothing
Another attack in March will amount to nothing
Rob Conyard chases down a defender
Rob Conyard chases down a defender
Sam Murphy competes for a header
Sam Murphy competes for a header
Jack Saunders fights for possession
Jack Saunders fights for possession
Sam Murphy and Eoin McQuaid in action
Sam Murphy and Eoin McQuaid in action
Jack Saunders in action
Jack Saunders in action
Another attack in March has been averted
Another attack in March has been averted
Josh Burrows in action
Josh Burrows in action
Josh Burrows wins a header
Josh Burrows wins a header
Jack Saunders in action
Jack Saunders in action
Jack Friend shoots
Jack Friend shoots
Craig Gillies on the run
Craig Gillies on the run
Eoin McQuaid on the ball
Eoin McQuaid on the ball
The game was abandoned following an injury to Eoin McQuaid
The game was abandoned following an injury to Eoin McQuaid
Eoin McQuaid in action
Eoin McQuaid in action
Lead duo Ash Taylor and Guy Habbin
Lead duo Ash Taylor and Guy Habbin
Heads down as Rothwell takes the lead
Heads down as Rothwell takes the lead
Rob Conyard
Rob Conyard
This Jack Friend effort hit the post
This Jack Friend effort hit the post
Jack Saunders talks to Rob Conyard and Jack Friend
Jack Saunders talks to Rob Conyard and Jack Friend
March v Rothwell Corinthians
March v Rothwell Corinthians
Craig Gillies on the attack
Craig Gillies on the attack
Assistant manager Guy Habbin and manager Ash Taylor
Assistant manager Guy Habbin and manager Ash Taylor
Lead duo Ash Taylor and Guy Habbin
Lead duo Ash Taylor and Guy Habbin
Mars CEO Ash Taylor
Mars CEO Ash Taylor

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