Mettam injury mars Guiseley game

Leon Mettam taken from the pitch on a stretcher
Leon Mettam taken from the pitch on a stretcher

A NECK injury to Leon Mettam held up Trinity’s game at Guiseley on Saturday for over half an hour, overshadowing the contest – which ended 2-0 to the hosts.

The Blues man took a bang to the head nine minutes into the second half and it took 36 minutes to get him off the pitch, before a visit to hospital.

Trinity chairman Peter Swann confirmed later that Mettam was released from hospital, but a jarred neck will keep him out of action for two to three weeks.

The Lions were 2-0 up by the time Mettam was injured, on 54 minutes.

A corner kick, delivered by Andy Holdsworth, was converted by Danny Ellis to break the deadlock on 14 minutes.

Ten minutes later Guiseley doubled their lead.

Dean Lisles, a first-half substitute, sent in a shot that keeper Michael Emery could only parry, and Simon Baldry followed up to find the net.

Gainsborough thought they had hit back after the 36-minute stoppage for Mettam’s injury, claiming the ball had crossed the line following a melee in the Guiseley box.

But the referee was unmoved by their appeals and play was waved on.

For reaction to the match see this week’s Gainsborough Standard.

Guiseley: Drench, Holdsworth, Merris, Toner, Ellis, Wilson, Baldry, Boshell (Lisles 16), Senior, Walshaw (Ellington 30) (O’Neill 63), Clarke. Subs not used: Burns, Giles

Gainsborough: Emery, Roma, Sandwith, Waterfall, Boyce, Leary, D’Laryea (Stamp 72), Williams, Kendall, Connor, Clarke (Mettam 27) (Yates 54).

Subs not used: Watts, Paczkowski.

Scorers: Ellis 14, Baldry 24.