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First team manager Marc White gives an update on the current injury crisis at the club
Posted: 16th October 2017
3 further injuries were sustained by key first team players at Dorking Wanderers league match versus Leiston on Saturday, which means that the club now has an unprecedented number of absentees never before seen in the club's history.
Wanderers, who are in their maiden season as a step 3 Bostik Premier club, went into Saturday's match with 5 first team players missing through injury, including Ben Dyett, Tony Oaks, Gareth Chendlik, Slavomir Huk and Luke Moore. In addition, they were without key pair Jerome Beckles and Matt Briggs through suspension.
To add to Dorking's woes, in-form striker Tom Tolfrey pulled up in the warm up before Saturday's game, and during the match they lost summer signing David Ray following a crude high tackle that left the experienced defender needing surgery and 20 stitches in his face. The bad luck didn't end there though, with Manager's Player of the Season James McShane having to depart the field at half-time due to another poor challenge that like Ray's went unpunished by the referee.
Saturday's setback has left Wanderers with no fewer than 10 key players missing or on the treatment table as they head in to their next match this Saturday, at home to Needham Market. Manager Marc White is understandably frustrated and perplexed at the sheer size of their current selection problems. He said:
"In 18 years of managing Wanderers I have never known anything like it. In addition to the suspensions to Briggs and Beckles, we now have Huk, Dyett, Oaks, Chendlik, Tolfrey, McShane injured, along with key summer signings David Ray and Luke Moore. With Needham Market due at Westhumble this Saturday we have to hope we can somehow find enough boys that are fit enough to play".
White continued, "It's especially frustrating that the highest number of player absentees in the club's history coincides with the first time we have played at this level. I have no doubt that our squad is strong enough to compete with any team in this division, however with 10 key first team players missing it becomes very challenging. I was particularly disappointed with the officiating on Saturday. The official was not up-to the required standard for Step 3, and did not apply the laws of the game properly. The high boot in to David Ray that left him requiring surgery, but escaped a red card, was as incredible a football decision as I can remember seeing. It’s remarkable that if we had a game on Tuesday evening we would be unable to field a side”.
Injury hit Dorking have no midweek matches this week, giving White and his backroom team 5 days to patch up his squad ahead of the visit of Needham Market on Saturday.
Close season signing David Ray's facial injury following a high tackle vs Leiston