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Bees awaiting response after fracas leads to abandonment

Redditch Editorial 16th Aug, 2018 Updated: 16th Aug, 2018

STUDLEY are waiting to hear from the football authorities what action will be taken after their match against Coventry Copsewood was abandoned after an altercation between one of the Bees players and opposition fans.

Saturday’s Midland League Division One match was called off by the referee after 82 minutes with the score 1-1.

Studley defender Shay Palmer was sent off for a reckless tackle and a Copsewood opponent was also red-carded for retaliation.

The two continued to exchange words as they headed across the pitch and Palmer was then confronted by Copsewood fans who would not let him to make his way to the dressing room. After a scuffle, the referee decided to abandon the fixture.

Studley joint-manager John Edwards said: “We are waiting for a report from the County FA. There was an assessor there and he saw what happened.

“I was on the other side of the pitch but from what I could see it seemed lads from Coventry Copsewood got involved and wouldn’t let Shay get to the dressing room.

“Things got out of hand, it was unsavoury and it wasn’t nice to watch.

“It hadn’t been a nasty game but I suppose the red card sparked things off. It wasn’t a great tackle by Shay and then the two players had words as they walked off the pitch but then all hell broke loose. “The referee was right to send off Shay and he made the right decision to call the game off.”

Danny Carter, last season’s top scorer, had scored his first goal of the season for the Bees, cancelling out an opener by Copsewood’s Milan Kazimierczak to leave the score 1-1 at half-time.

Studley will hope to secure their first win of the new season on Saturday when they travel to leaders NKF Burbage, who have nine points from three games.

Bees bosses Edwards and Wayne Bunn will hope to be able to call on Jordan Jones, Joe Adams and David Edwards to face the Leicestershire side.

However, new signing Jake Donnelly will have to wait for his debut. The former Sutton Coldfield Town midfielder has to serve a suspension carried over from last season when he was sent off for Feckenham, but Edwards has no doubts Donnelly, whose brother Kieran is already on the Bees books, will make a positive difference.

“I’ve always liked Jake – he is one of those lads who can play anywhere down the left side or in midfielder or even centre-back,” said Edwards.

“He has probably drifted for the past 18 months, playing with his mates, but he has looked hungry and determined in training.”

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