Cinderford Town manager Paul Michael has expressed his concern after striker Ethan Moore was stretchered off in the second half of the Foresters 1-0 win over Potters Bar Town, with the former Gloucester City man appearing to suffer another knee injury.
Moore, who has suffered two ACL injuries in the last three seasons, went down in the far corner after doing well to keep the ball in play with a swinging left footed cross. A near seven minute delay followed as Moore laid on the Causeway pitch, with a number of concerned faces in the team, on the bench and in the stands.
“He said he felt something in his knee go and it’s really worrying,” said Michael. “He is worried he has done what he has done before and all the boys are thinking of him at the moment.
Obviously everyone is hoping that it isn’t as serious as he thinks, but obviously he knows his body better than anyone – so we now have to sit and wait to find out the extent of the injury,”
“But as I said we are all just hoping that it isn’t as bad as we fear. Ethan has been unplayable at times since coming back to the club and I hope to see him back on the pitch as soon as possible,”Michael added.
Michael spoke to Severn Sport after seeing his side claim their second scalp from a higher league in a week, after Ben Watkins’ second half screamer saw the Foresters claim a deserved 1-0 victory.
After picking the ball up nearly 30 yards from goal, Watkins unleashed an unstoppable effort into the top right hand corner of the Potters Bar Town goal and it gave Cinderford the lead they had deserved.
Earlier in the piece Andy Lewis rattled the crossbar with an early header, before curling one against the post before the break.
Potters Bar were restricted in their attempts, with Andy Hannah in the Cinderford goal mainly needing to claim crosses and through balls and he did that to perfection.
The whole back five for the Foresters were particularly impressive, with Sam Turl receiving plaudits from Ryan and Kelsey on commentary by being named man of the match and by Paul Michael after the game.
“I think they were all excellent at the back,” said Michael. “It was only our second clean sheet all season and to get a clean sheet against a side in the league above you – you’ve got to be doing something right.
I agree with Severn Sport [for giving Sam Turl man of the match], Sam’s one vs one defending lately but especially today, is some of the best you will see. There are not many better than him and with him going against two wingers who kept switching sides, I felt him and Blaine [Waugh] did very well.”
Cinderford went into the game showing their wealth of riches, with all three of James Harding, Marley Thomas and Craig Norman included on the bench, but Michael admits that whilst he understands they may be frustrated with a lack of minutes, he is calling for his side to pull together during a long season – starting with their GFA County Cup tie with Gloucester City at the Causeway on Tuesday night.
“James [Harding], Craig [Norman] and Marley [Thomas] can be felt hard done by for being the bench at times and I know they aren’t happy with me for being left out but I understand that because they all want to play and they are all good players.
We know we are going to pick injuries over a season and suspensions and it’s a very long season. After winning here we know we have lost another league game to a midweek later in the season due to the next round and we want to fight on as many fronts as possible, so all of our squad – in particular those three are going to play many games this season.
We have the county cup game against Gloucester City on Tuesday and I don’t know how they are going play it, but being honest I don’t really care. We are going to go and try and keep our momentum going and we will look to make two or three changes to keep things fresh. I know some of the boys may be frustrated but they will get plenty of minutes,” said Michael.
Cinderford Town will be joined by Gloucester City in the draw for the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy on Monday afternoon.