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Club Statement on Last Night’s Injury to Matt Briggs

Posted: 10th January 2018

Dorking Wanderers’ winger Matt Briggs has been confirmed as suffering multiple facial fractures following a challenge made on him during last night’s Bostik League Premier Division match at Burgess Hill.


The incident occurred after 74 minutes of the game and Matt, who collapsed with a loss of consciousness as a result of the challenge, was treated on the pitch by paramedics and eventually taken to Worthing Hospital by ambulance.


He was discharged this morning and has been referred to a maxio-facial specialist for further treatment. We anticipate that he will be absent from the squad for some time but, at present, our thoughts are only on ensuring Matt has a full recovery. We will have to wait until he has been seen by the specialist before having any clear indication of how long it will be before he can resume playing.


Speaking about the challenge by Burgess Hill Town defender Gary Elphick, Dorking Wanderers’ manager Marc White said, “I thought it was a reckless challenge, but Gary’s a good lad and I’m sure there was no intention there to hurt Matt Briggs.”


Play was stopped with the incident and the referee abandoned the game 35 minutes later. Marc White has voiced some criticism of the length of time it took for the match officials to announce the abandonment and the adverse effect it had on the treatment of Matt Briggs, long after the serious nature of his injury was apparent. Dorking Wanderers FC has raised those concerns with the League only in the interests of ensuring any necessary learning is taken from the incident, in the interests of future player safety.


Play stopped with the incident and the club is expecting that the match will have to be replayed, but is waiting to hear the decision of the League


Dorking Wanderers would like to place on record its thanks to the paramedics and ambulance staff who delivered first rate medical care, and the club officials and management of Burgess Hill Town for their handling of the incident.


Finally, our thoughts are all with Matt Briggs, who we wish a full and speedy recovery.


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