Tring point marred by ‘terrible’ Court injury

17/09/11'Tring against Hillingdon Borough. Tony Fields fights to keep the ball.
17/09/11'Tring against Hillingdon Borough. Tony Fields fights to keep the ball.

Football

Tring Athletic 0 Hillingdon Borough 0

TRING were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Hillingdon Borough, in a game which was overshadowed by a serious injury to Athletic’s Brett Court.

After a scrappy first half, Tring came out with more composure after the interval but could not force a breakthrough.

However, the main focus of the game was on Court’s injury – with the game forced to stop for 50 minutes while the Tring man received medical treatment.

With 12 minutes left to play, Court landed awkwardly after challenging for a high ball – resulting in a dislocation and double fracture of the ankle.

“It was a terrible injury,” said Tring boss Julian Robinson. “Everyone is a bit shocked around the club because Brett is a really nice guy.

“He has had an operation and his ankle has been pinned and plated.”

Athletic had started the game brightly, with Stuart King causing the Hillingdon defence problems twice in the opening five minutes of play.

Hillingdon responded with a couple of efforts of their own, but the game turned into a midfield battle as the half progressed.

The best chance of the first half fell to King, but his shot was well saved.

Athletic started the second half brightly, and King again looked dangerous before Court headed over from a Tony Fields cross.

Unfortunately for Court, that was his last real involvement before his injury, and the game ended in a draw after the lengthy delay.

Hillingdon’s Luke Willis was sent off late on for a second yellow card.

“All in all I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but other things overshadowed the result,” said Robinson.