Manchester Premier Cup is marred by injuries
Wednesday 5th October 2016 @ 11:20 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

The Manchester Premier Cup First Round was marred on Tuesday evening by two horrific leg breaks at Hyde United and Droylsden.

An evening which promised so much excitement with three local derbies was soon turned sour as news broke across the borough that Stalybridge Celtic’s Sam Tattum and Mossley’s Callam Warburton had suffered serious leg injuries.

Tattum was making his second appearance for Celtic after signing for the club last week, but was sadly stretchered off the field in the 40th minute after being brought down by a heavy challenge from Droylsden’s Steve Lewis.

Shortly before the challenge, Lewis – who was yellow carded for the tackle – had put Droylsden 1-0 up, but Celtic drew matters level in the 5th minute of added time through Nick Ryan.

As the game ended one-a-piece at the end of 90 minutes, the tie was decided on a round of penalties which Celtic subsequently won 5-4.

Meanwhile, across the borough, Mossley began their title defence at Hyde United but were unable to conclude the tie due to another horrific leg injury which forced the referee into abandoning the game with just minutes remaining.

Prior to Warburton’s injury, it looked as if the game was destined for a round of penalties with the scores level at 2-2 in the dying stages.

However, with the game delayed for a substantial period while waiting for an ambulance, referee Alex Gray decided that the best course of action was abandoning the tie, thus forcing a replay on a date which is yet to be announced.

Social media was awash with messages of support and condolence for both players following the games.

Hyde tweeted: “Glad to report that Callam is on his way to hospital, thank you to the first aiders & medical staff from both clubs and volunteers who assisted.”

Meanwhile, Droylsden tweeted: “Once again our thoughts are with @stalycelticfc Sam Tattum after his injury tonight.”

According to reports on social media, both players will be operated on today.

Elsewhere in the first round, Curzon Ashton built on their 4-0 victory in the FA Cup over Bedworth United on Saturday with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Ashton United.

Three second-half goals from Connor Hughes, James Baillie and Ian Howard secured the Nash a place in the second round.

Glossop have also extended their stay in the competition with a 2-1 victory against North West Counties Premier League outfit, Maine Road.

Ben Richardson opened the scoring for the Hillmen in the first-half before Maine Road equalised shortly into the second.

However, Mike Norton sealed victory for Glossop after converting Iwan Heeley’s cross.