Rothwell Town 3 Morley Cricket & Sports FC 0 MORLEY were rocked over the weekend by news of the tragic death of their 20-year-old player Lee Ramsden in a car accident. The players and manager had a meeting at 9.45am on Sunday regarding whether to play or not and they decided to play for Lee.
A minute's silence was superbly observed by both teams prior to kick-off.
The Combination Division Two game itself did not go well for Morley who struggled to get going and found themselves 3-0 down in the opening 25 minutes as Rothwell scored an offside looking goal, were awarded a controversial penalty and did actually score a good team goal for their third. Morley snapped out of their subdued start on 25 minutes and could have pulled a goal back, but Jackson's shot just cleared the top of the goal. More chances came and Morley totally dominated the second half only for it to prove one of those days where they could have played all day and not scored. They were dealt a further blow during the second half when stalwart defender Craig Turner limped off with a foot injury. When he removed his boot and sock to look at the injury the bone in his right big toe was sticking out through the skin at the bottom. He was taken to hospital and it appears that he has dislocated his toe rather than broken it so hopefully will make a quick recovery.
All the members of Morley Cricket & Sports FC and Morley Cricket Club itself would like to send deepest sympathies to Lee's family at this sad time.
For more Combination League football reports, see the February 7 edition of the Morley Observer & Advertiser