King's Lynn striker scare
PUBLISHED: 23:18 05 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:29 10 September 2010
Guiseley 2, King's Lynn 4: King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs tonight allayed fears star striker Gareth Sheldon had suffered a serious leg injury in this afternoon's Unibond Premier Division thriller at Guiseley.
Guiseley 2, King's Lynn 4
King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs tonight allayed fears star striker Gareth Sheldon had suffered a serious leg injury in this afternoon's Unibond Premier Division thriller at Guiseley.
Heggs confirmed Sheldon's left leg was not broken but revealed the hot shot's left knee locked up after twisting horribly in the turf midway through the second half at Nethermoor Park.
Sheldon's leg was secured in a brace before the striker was stretchered away after a five minute delay to the action.
Guiseley officials called an ambulance but Sheldon was able to travel home on the team coach despite leaving the ground on crutches with his left knee bandaged. Heggs confirmed Sheldon was poised to visit a local hospital in Birmingham on his arrival back in the Midlands for a precautionary check up.
The 29-year-old is expected to miss Tuesday's home game against North Ferriby but club officials must wait for the swelling to go down before assessing the extent of any potential injury lay off.
Sheldon had earlier taken his league tally to six for the campaign with an opening brace. Fellow frontman Anthony Robinson signed off with a brace of his own ahead of a three match suspension but Danny Gay saved a Guiseley second half penalty and the hosts also had a goal disallowed after Lynn looked to be cruising at 3-0.
Heggs made four changes to his starting line up from the Bank Holiday draw at Retford. Midfielder Jamie Oliver and left back Danny Spencer were handed debuts while Craig McAughtrie was recalled at the heart of a new look 5-3-2 formation.
Robinson started in place of recent addition Iyseden Christie who failed to travel with Heggs confirming the former Coventry man had now been released due to a lack of fitness. Christie had a 60 minute run out against Retford but Heggs is tracking a pacy centre forward to add to his squad. Lynn's boss admitted he could now be forced to step up his search with Sheldon and Robinson both likely to be ruled out on Tuesday.
Lynn's second big road win after hammering Burscough 4-0 last month has moved Heggs' men up to 12th but only four points from second spot behind early pacesetters Kendal.