Matlock Town boss Mark Atkins was left seething after top scorer Lewis McMahon was pole-axed during last night’s Doodson Cup quarter-final defeat of Farsley.
The striker was on the wrong end of a high tackle early in the second half against First Division North opponents, which saw the visitor’s player cautioned.
McMahon was starting his first game since sustaining ankle ligament damage against Borrowash Victoria back on January 29 and had earlier headed Matlock into a 2-0 lead.
Atkins fumed: “That challenge on Lewis was disgraceful and a straight red card in anyone’s book.
“In fact he’s really lucky it’s not a bad break and a career ending injury. He’s got stud marks around his hip bone and it’s swelled up badly so I really can’t see him being ready for Kendal.”
Just as they thought their injury problems were receding, Matlock Town could find themselves back at square one.
No fewer than six players who featured on Tuesday will have to be assessed ahead of this Saturday’s long trip to Kendal.
Other injuries collected by Matlock players during the game are goalkeeper Jon Kennedy (leg), Massiah McDonald (ankle), Micky Harcourt (hamstring strain), Laurence Gaughan (back) and Gareth Davies (knee).
While skipper James Lukic will serve a one game ban following his dismissal at Hednesford.
Atkins added: “While I was delighted to win the game and reach another semi final, when it got to the hour point I was chiefly concerned with getting as many players off the pitch at the end fit and well.
“We’d played some excellent football in the first half and created two good chances to score two very good goals. we’d passed the ball around well and I said to the lads at half time that their only way back was to try and get at us physically.
“We didn’t play well in the second half but did enough to deservedly win the game.”
Video courtesy of James Griffiths from MTFC TV.