March Bears suffer 14-13 defeat to Hitchin in game delayed by hour because of serious injury
MARCH Bears suffered an agonising 14-13 cup defeat to Hitchin in a game marred by a serious injury to the opposition’s prop.
Saturday’s Greene King Super Deuxieme Plate (Lower) quarter-final was delayed for almost an hour early in the second half after the Hitchin prop suffered a broken ankle.
Club president Barry Feetham said: “The ambulance service is normally very good but on this occasion took a long time to arrive and get the Hitchin player to hospital.”
March were in a commanding position before the delay. A converted Aaron Connor try and a Matty Day penalty put the Bears 10-0 up.
Hitchin scored a converted try when play restarted to reduce the deficit but March extended their lead with another Day penalty.
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But in the last 10 minutes Hitchin scored another converted try to put them ahead by one point.
March had a chance at the death to win the game, but Day’s 48-yard penalty went just wide of the posts.
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Connor also suffered a shoulder injury early in the second half and is expected to be out for four weeks.
Feetham said: “We should have had the game wrapped up in the first half but we didn’t have the killer instinct that the needed.”
The Bears play Sawston on Saturday in a double-header to ease their fixture congestion.