Vandals replay at Wetherby after Crowther injury

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Halifax Vandals will replay last week’s Yorkshire Four fixture at Wetherby tomorrow after the fixture was halted following an injury to the Warley club’s full back Jimmy Crowther.

Vandals coach Jamie Bloem said Crowther was “dropped on his head”, suffering severe concussion and prompting a lengthy stoppage in play while paramedics were called.

“He got spear tackled, basically,” said Bloem, whose side trailed 18-13 when the game was abandoned.

“The ref didn’t see it, which is another story, but the bottom line is that it was potentially a very serious injury and there was a long break in play while we waited for the ambulance to arrive.

“Jimmy went to hospital and he had severe concussion and a pretty sore neck, all the things you’d associate with being dropped on your head.

“We’d actually played 59 minutes and 26 seconds on the ref’s watch when it happened, so we were 34 seconds away from the result standing.

“The clubs agreed they’d let the RFU make a ruling on what to do and since we’ve both got a blank weekend this week we’re going to replay it.”

Crowther will not be available for the rematch, joining fellow concussion victim Adam Price - injured a week earlier - on the sidelines.

That means that both Shane Lewis and Craig Sim are likely to figure as Bloem reshuffles his backline.

“It’s a blow to lose Jimmy,” said Bloem.

“He’s a really solid player for us, he kicks well in general play and he’s also our goalkicker.

“These things happen though and we’ll deal with it.

“Although we were behind when the game was called off last week we were all over them at times and hopefully we can go there tomorrow and pick up a win.”