Airbus UK 4, Bala Town 1
Written by Hannah on Sat 21st January 12, 14:03
Injury jinx continues at Airbus
In our 2nd consecutive visit to The Airfield during the last month Town suffered another bad injury to one of their players in an innocuous looking challenge.
Mark Pullman, our young Australian reserve keeper, was handed his 1st team debut on Friday night in a much changed line up fielded by manager Colin Caton.
Having waited patiently all season to make his debut the unfortunate Pullman only lasted a couple of minutes before sustaining a horrific looking head/neck injury when going down for a 50-50 ball with the Airbus forward. This challenge knocked Mark unconscious for several minutes but by the time the ambulance arrived he had regained consciousness which as a great relief to all.
The game was delayed for Mark to receive the necessary treatment and we can only thank the Airbus club doctor and medical staff for their excellent care offered to one of our players for the second consecutive match between the two clubs. Mark was made as comfortable as possible until the Ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital.
Returning to the match Terry McCormick came on between the sticks, however the drama continued when on 8 minutes Terry brought down an Airbus player in the box - the ref deemed it to be a goal denying challenge and as well as awarding a penalty sent the visiting keeper off for the infringement!
We were now facing the surreal scenario of having a 3rd keeper between our posts within 10 minutes of the match kicking off - Mark Connolly now taking over the number 1 shirt. Unfortunately Mark´s 1st action saw him pick the ball out of the net as Mark Cadwallader dispatched the penalty to put Airbus 1-0 ahead.
Immediately following the goal Bala´s manager, Colin Caton made a tactical substitution bringing off winger Stef Edwards and putting Conall Murtagh, a holding midfielder on in his place.
While this substitution was taking place a further development took place when the linesman disappeared down the tunnel as he was feeling unwell. The game therefore was delayed for a further few minutes while a replacement was found.
After all this disruption the ensuing football seemed secondary, and it was no surprise when Airbus scored a 2nd before half-time when Mark Cadwallader scored from a tight angle.
Chris Mason had 2 excellent opportunities to level the scoring when firstly he hit the base of the post from 20 yards and put another chance over the bar when well placed.
The second half began with Danny Williams pulling up with a groin injury to be replaced by Stuart Jones.
A further 2 goals were added by Airbus during the 2nd half before Mark Allen (own goal specialist v Bala!) scored a consolation goal for the visitors.
The match finished 4-1 to the home side.
The 2nd leg will leg will take place at Maes Tegid on Tuesday, 31st January with a 7.30p.m. kickoff.
We are glad to report that Mark was released from hospital around midnight after a thorough examination in A&E.
We wish him a very speedy recovery.
We would like to thank everyone for their expressions of concern for Mark. It is a fantastic reflection on the football community as a whole in such circumstances that people show such concern. We will make sure that all the tweets and messages are conveyed to Mark.
We also reiterate our grateful and sincere thanks to Airbus for their exemplary care of Mark.
Bala Town Team:
Mark Pullman (Terry McCormick), John Irving, Ben Collins, Mike Sharples, Danny Williams (Stuart Jones), Peter Doran, Mark Connolly, Mark Jones, Ian Sheridan, Chris Mason, Stef Edwards (Conall Murtagh)
Subs not used: Lee Hunt, Ross Jefferies, Dan Lloyd
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