By DAVE PARKER
Injured Brighouse Town centre back Tim Wallace and his father had to make a 45 mile dash back to Calderdale Hospital’s A & E after an ambulance failed to show at Clitheroe Town’s Shawbridge Lane ground last night.
The talented 18-year-old former Brighouse High School student had dislocated his shoulder in the 20th minute of the Evo-Stik NPL Division One game when defending a corner and had to be helped from the field by club physio Matthew Schofield.
He was taken to the away dressing room and an ambulance was called by home officials as Schofield worked to put the shoulder back and also calm the player whose whole body had been “taken over” by pins and needles and acute pain from nerve and tendon damage.
At half time Town’s manager Paul Quinn had to keep his players on the side of the pitch to leave the Hove Edge-base teenager with Schofield and his father in he dressing rooms.
Ten minutes into the second half came news that the ambulance could be an hour after a major road accident in the area.
His father Chris opted to drive him to Halifax where they arrived at 10.30pm.
Tim, who now works for his father at Ridings Floorings in Brighouse, was treated immediately at Halifax where after an X-ray they confirmed the shoulder had popped out and gone back in.
They placed his shoulder and arm in a sling and with some pain killers he was able to get a little sleep on one side which, he said today, was a little awkward.
“That is the end of my season now as they want me back in on April 24 to take a look and for some physio,” said Tim, who was delighted to hear that his teammates had gone on to win 4-3.
A Clitheroe official said that until recently they did have their own ambulance station in the town but that had been closed and they tended to place response vehicles around the area to cover for such things.