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Bishop's Stortford midfielder Aaron Greene ruled out for a year after injury in Isthmian League draw with Bowers & Pitsea




Aaron Greene is set to be out for around a year after snapping his Achilles tendon in Bishop’s Stortford’s 2-2 draw with Bowers & Pitsea on bank holiday Monday.

The midfielder was forced off seven minutes before half time at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium as the Blues were held by the Pitching In Isthmian League, Premier Division’s bottom side.

Manager Steve Smith, whose men entertain Lowestoft Town in the first qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, said Greene, who has come back from two cruciate injuries in the past, was distraught.

Aaron Greene is helped from the pitch after snapping his Achilles tendon in Bishop's Stortford's draw with Bowers & Pitsea. Picture: Melissa Page
Aaron Greene is helped from the pitch after snapping his Achilles tendon in Bishop's Stortford's draw with Bowers & Pitsea. Picture: Melissa Page

“We were 1-0 up and cruising and then Aaron has put his foot in the ground and snapped his Achilles tendon. They broke from it and scored to make it 1-1,” said Smith.

“It’s really unlucky for the lad and he’ll be out for at least a year. He’s not in a good place.

“It’s a big blow as he’s a very good player. It’s sad for the lad.”

Frankie Merrifield had given the Blues the lead, but they needed Jake Cass’ penalty to bring them level after Lewis Manor had netted twice for the visitors.

“They had two shots on goal in 90 minutes and scored two goals,” said Smith. “We equalised and had chances to win the game, but the ball’s not going in at the moment.”

It was a similar story at the weekend when the Blues missed golden chances in a 2-0 defeat at Carshalton Athletic.

The boss is now hoping for better luck in the FA Cup. Archie Edwards is set to miss out with a hamstring injury, but Ryan Charles and Ryan Henshaw could be fit to start.

“I’m glad we’ve got an FA Cup game this weekend as it will give us a break from the league and be a chance to regroup,” said Smith, whose side are third from bottom with two points from four matches.

“We’re having our bad luck now, but things will change. Hopefully we can progress and get a good cup run going.”



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