PSF at Langwith Road
Shirebrook Town (0) 0
Staveley MW (1) 1
Jack Bradbury 26
Admission £3/£1. Attendance 151
|Julian Topliss and Paul Sykes|
The ex Shirebrook player then scared the life out of everyone in the ground, as he appeared to be be spasming and having some sort of fit, as the players, managers and medical staff from both teams ran to his aid.
A paramedic arrived after about 15 mins and drove straight onto the pitch to deal with the casualty.
After around another ten minutes, there was a tangible sigh of relief all round, as Julian shakily got to his feet and managed to get to the touchline aided by two teammates.
Credit where it is due to the people involved with both teams who responded so quickly.
The ambulance had arrived now as well and it was clear that the player was out of any immediate danger and only being taken to hospital for observations.
In the event, both teams decided that they wanted the game to continue. But it was agreed that they would only carry on for ten more minutes, then take a break, before playing the whole forty five minutes of the second half.
Trialist Jack Bradbury put the visitors in front, eight minutes after the restart, with a well taken goal from 12 yards out, after Ross Goodwin had set the build up in motion by winning the ball in midfield.
But the celebrations were slightly muted given that everyone was still reeling after what they had just witnessed.
But having absorbed a spell of pressure, Staveley went on a raiding spree of their own and pulverised the Shirebrook goal for around twenty minutes, during which time Adam Wisdom and Kieren Watson caused the home side no end of problems, Ross Goodwin had three gilt edged chances and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet and Ryan Watters smashed a volley against the crossbar.
But football is only a game and the real cause for celebration tonight is that Julian Topliss is going to be alright.
Get well soon... and don't bloody frighten us like that again!
Thanks to everybody at Shirebrook Town, you were brilliant.