Police probe Town post-match fracas

POLICE are investigating a violent clash in the tunnel at the end of Halifax Town's game at Scarborough.

Officers were called as the Conference match at the McCain Stadium on Saturday ended in controversy following the final whistle.

Details of the incident are sketchy but it appears that Town skipper Denny Ingram and his opposite number Neil Bishop were involved in an incident. Mr Bishop was left with a bleeding nose and mouth.

Statements were taken by North Yorkshire Police who are now waiting to hear whether anyone involved wishes to take the matter further.

The referee is understood to have been in his changing room when the incident occurred but one of his linesmen is believed to have witnessed it

"I didn't see anything because we were all in the changing room," said Halifax Town manager Chris Wilder.

Scarborough boss Neil Redfearn, a former caretaker manager at the Shay, said: "Apparently one of the stewards has seen an altercation between Den-ny Ingram and Neil Bishop."

Games between the sides in recent years have involved controversy.

Former Town winger Dean Howell alleged he had been racially abused during last season's clash at the McCain Stadium.

And the meeting between the sides on Boxing Day 2003 saw four players – Town duo James Dudgeon and Adam Yates and Scarborough's Matt Redmile and Wayne Gill - sent off after a mass brawl.