Oakwood player feels better as game abandoned after clash of heads

Football, Southern Combination League Division One: Oakwood v Little Common. Darren Tidey. Pic Steve Robards 05-03-16 SR1607717 - Jamie Crone (yellow shirt, facing camera) SUS-161203-130104002

Football, Southern Combination League Division One: Oakwood v Little Common. Darren Tidey. Pic Steve Robards 05-03-16 SR1607717 - Jamie Crone (yellow shirt, facing camera) SUS-161203-130104002

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Oakwood footballer Darren Tidey is recovering after a clash of heads caused a cup match against East Preston to be abandoned.

The incident happened last night when he and an opponent jumped up for the ball, leaving him knocked out.

An ambulance was called and paramedics checked him over and he felt better so did not go to Worthing Hospital.

officials decided to abandon the game.

Oakwood manager Mark Gilbert said: “Spectators could hear a crack of heads and it was sickening.

“Our physio, Lindsay O’Connor, treated him immediately but he was knocked out, so she called for an ambulance.

“It took about 45 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and when it came, he was checked out by paramedics and allowed to go home.

“He was driven back by my son, Toby Gilbert.”

Mark Gilbert added he had spoken to Tidey this morning and he was feeling better but had taken a day off from his builder’s job.

East Preston Football Club issued this statement on their website:

“Our RUR Cup game was abandoned after 28 minutes when Oakwood player Darren Tidey sustained a nasty head injury.

“After a clash of heads between EP’s Matt Smith and Oakwood’s Darren Tidey which resulted in a head injury to Tidey the RUR Cup game was abandoned after 28 mins with the score at 0-0.

“All at East Preston wish Darren well and hope he recovers quickly.”

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