Frome Town will have to find another time to play their Somerset Premier Cup second-round match at Keynsham Town after an injury to goalkeeper Scott Armstrong forced Tuesday’s clash to be abandoned.
Armstrong broke all but two ribs on one side and has bruising on his spleen after landing on the ball on Keynsham’s artificial pitch 73 minutes into the game, with the Robins 2-1 ahead at the time.
He received lengthy treatment and, although he is expected to make a full recovery, he was still in hospital yesterday, leaving Frome needing to find alternative cover for first-choice stopper Darren Chitty.
“Scott could be out for quite a while,” said Frome boss Brian O’Donnell.
“He came out to collect a cross and got a bit of a bump on the way down. He dropped the ball and it looked like he landed on it, and there’s no give in the pitch.
“We made quite a few changes to give players some game time. At times it looked like a training game, I wasn’t too concerned.”
After a goalless first half, Keynsham went ahead before goals from Matt Clark and Ben Wood gave Frome the lead.
A win would have been a useful boost for Frome after a 3-1 home defeat to Corby Town in the Calor League Premier Division on Saturday.
O’Donnell was keen to look at the positives as his side recovered from a poor first-half display to get back into the game after the break.
“It was a disappointing first half – we didn’t get close enough to them. You have to earn the right to play football,” he said.
“But we dominated the second half and the encouraging thing was that we started to play the ball out from the back. It’s going to take time but that is what I’m trying to encourage.
“We also had three 18-year-olds on the pitch, so we have a youthful outlook to the team. They got a bit tired at the weekend and we had to replace them but they acquitted themselves well.”
Frome face two away games in the next week, with a trip to St Neots Town on Saturday (3pm) before visiting Poole Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).
St Neots are two places off the bottom of the table, while Poole are flying high in fifth.
O’Donnell has plenty of injury concerns, with Jonny Lynn, Ryan Elliott and Brandon Mundy all suffering from strains, but has no immediate plans to bring anyone else to the club after a series of signings over the last two weeks.
“The players are working hard,” he said. “It’s evolution, not revolution – we’ll improve the squad as we go along.”
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