Match abandoned after player suffers a second on-field collapse

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Sawtry star Chris Down is not expected to play again this season after suffering another on-field collpase.

Down fell ill during a Peterborough Premier Division match against Riverside last Saturday.

An ambulance was called and the match was abandoned midway through the second-half with Riverside leading 3-1.

An ambulance also had to be called to treat Down in a Premier Division game at Pinchbeck in November.

He lost consciousness on that occasion.

“This time it wasn’t so bad,” Sawtry manager Jason Bohonis stated.

“But it’s still a worry to see a player go down on the pitch when no other player is near him and we took the sensible option of calling for the ambulance and calling the game off.

“I’ve spoken to Chris since and he is fine, but he has now been referred to a cardiologist which must be a good thing for his sake.

“I can’t speak for Chris about the rest of his career, but I doubt that he will play for us again this season.

“The priority must be to make him better.”

Oakham United’s grip on the Premier Division title became firmer at the weekend as they pipped lowly Holbeach Reserves 2-1, while Stilton were losing 3-1 at Coates.

Coates are second in the table, four points behind Oakham, but Stilton would have finished first if they had won all their remaining games.

Stilton took the lead through James Nespoli, but two goals from Matt Heron and another from Joe Butterworth gave Coates the win.

Stilton are at Langtoft on Saturday

Oakham were in action against Uppingham last night.

Regular rivals ICA Sports and Netherton do battle in the semi-final of the President’s Shield this Saturday.

Netherton knocked holders ICA out of the PFA Senior Cup at the semi-final stage a fortnight ago following a penalty shoot out and another close game is anticipated.

ICA warmed up for the big game by moving up into fourth place in the Premier Division with a hard-fought 3-2 win at bottom club Leverington.

Kyle Orange, back in action after a lengthy suspension scored twice for ICA.

Netherton won the President’s Shield last season after a mammoth penalty shoot out with King’s Lynn Reserves.

Oakham will start warm favourites to win the other semi-final as they host Peterborough Sports Reserves.

There’s a huge game in Division Four of the Peterborough League this Saturday as Stanground Sports host Bretton North End in a city derby.

Bretton are top of the table three points ahead of Stanground and they have a game in hand.

Thorpe Wood Rangers are a further point behind and they visit Bretton next week.