Painful studding forces defender off

By David Watters

Radcliffe Borough defender Matthew Williams was forced out of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Glossop North End after suffering a serious hand injury in the EVO-STIK League clash.

Play in the EVO-STIK League North fixture was suspended for more than a quarter of an hour with the Hillmen leading 1-0 after recent signing Williams suffered at least one compound fracture.

He is believed to have caught his hand under an opponent's boot in a fair challenge and was treated on the pitch at Surrey Street for nearly 10 minutes before being able to walk off unaided and travel to hospital in a waiting ambulance soon afterwards.

Williams was hurt a minute after Lewis Lacy had put the hosts ahead on nine minutes and the Hillmen sent their best wishes to the player for a speedy recovery on Saturday evening after the clubs, pictured before kick-off, went on to share the points following Akil's Grier's second half equaliser.

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A spokesman said: "It was a shocking injury where he'd been studded. He walked off himself and everybody here hopes the injury is not as bad as it looked and that he is back playing soon."

Image courtesy of @radcliffeboro/Twitter

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