Hebden Royd Red Star player Tom Garland cried off with one of the most bizarre excuses ever on Saturday - but it didn’t stop his side registering their best win of the season.
Star boss Chris Garbutt was gobsmacked when striker Garland rung to say he had damaged his foot after standing on his girlfriend’s bra.
“I think it was a wire that did the damage. He’s been getting lots of stick about it,” said Garbutt, who could afford to see the funny side of it after his side had won 2-1 away to champions Ryburn United.
It was a result which lifted Star to fifth in the Premier Division of the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL.
Star’s prospects had not looked bright when goalkeeper Joe Kidder also withdrew as kick off time loomed.
With the club’s reserves also having to put out a side at home to Shelf FC - they lost 4-2 - it meant Garbutt’s side travelled to Ripponden Wood without substitutes.
Ryburn took the lead through Owen Wilkinson after 15 minutes but Pat Thomas equalised on 35 minutes in a scramble following a corner.
The winner came 15 minutes from time when a long throw was allowed to bounce and Ben Norman scored from close range.
Garbutt, who led the defensive effort, was delighted with the way Star protected stand-in ‘keeper Richard Laycock.
“It is about time we got the result the hard work of the players deserved. We have had no luck recently,” he said.
Midfielder James Chadwick was man of the match.