Petersfield Town manager Connor Hoare has passed on his well wishes to former Ram Charlie Oakwell after he suffered a sickening injury against the Rams.
The game was paused to allow Oakwell to receive treatment, before being abandoned.
“I was really disappointed to see what happened to Charlie – no player deserves that injury,” said Hoare. “We are gutted for him. We hope to see him back on his feet and playing soon.”
Hoare had been pleased with what he saw from his side before the game was abandoned.
“The performance was great,” he said. “We were really on top and looked threatening.
“Baffins had the better of the first ten minutes but then I felt we had full control.”
Last Saturday’s abandoned match followed a superb 3-0 victory at home to Hamble Club in the Wessex League Premier Division last Tuesday night (September 26).
A clinical first half put Hamble to the sword as the Rams scored three goals without reply. A penalty from Oli Davies, plus goals from Declan Seiden and Liam Kimber, sealed the three points.
Seiden won the penalty for the opening goal, and Davies stepped up to convert the spot kick.
A fine lobbed through ball from Tommy Tierney just after the half-hour mark found Seiden, who took the ball down well with his first touch and rolled his effort through the legs of the advancing keeper to make it 2-0.
Harrison Cable had a goal disallowed for a foul on the keeper, but the Rams’ pressure led to a third goal 43 minutes in. Davies wriggled past a couple of defenders before playing the ball across to Kimber to slam home.
A change of shape led to a far more solid defensive performance by the visitors in the second half. Cable had Petersfield’s best chance of the half, but his fierce effort from outside the box crashed off the inside of the post.
Hamble’s best came late on, when Nick Yeoman glanced his header just wide of the far post.
Hoare was pleased with his side’s performance.
“I’m delighted to beat a well-established team in this league – but the performance was even more pleasing,” he said.
“We have the same motive every game we go into – it’s just it looked like the lads are starting to gel and understand what we are wanting to see more often.
“We knew Hamble would come out of the blocks quickly, so it was key to slow that momentum and we did a great job of that and limited what they could create.”