Scarborough chief heaps praise on referee after Leach injury

James Leach receives treatment
James Leach receives treatment

Scarborough RUFC chief executive Graeme Young has praised referee Carl Walsh and opponents Middlesbrough after a serious injury to young forward James Leach led to their game having to be moved down to pitch two at Silver Royd.

Scarborough eventually succombed to a 25-12 defeat and exited the Yorkshire Shield, but Young was quick to sing the praises of ref Walsh, visitors Middlesbrough and the emergency services for their efforts.

"I can't speak highly enough of the referee, the opposition and supporter's," said Young.

"The referee Carl Walsh very pragmatically and calmly managed the move of the match from the main pitch to pitch two following the horrific injury to James Leach.

"Pitch two is not prepared to competition standard, without fencing and technical areas. Middlesbrough would have been within their rights to refuse to move but they did so without complaint.

"Furthermore all the spectators were required to stand five metres back from touchline and this was willingly complied with despite the lack of fencing.

"Although the result was disappointing, the spirit of rugby allowed the match to be completed. James Leach has undergone surgery to relocate his knee and is recovering well in Scarborough Hospital.

"The emergency services and medical staff were outstanding in their response and medical care."