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Injured Gibbons to miss semi-final

Treadwell Gibbons Jr has been ruled out of Dandy Town's Friendship Trophy semi-final clash with Boulevard on Sunday while team-mate Angelo Simmons remains doubtful.

Goalkeeper Gibbons and striker Simmons, the Town captain and former Boulevard player, were both injured in their team's home win over X-Roads in the Premier Division at St John's Field last weekend.

Gibbons was replaced after five minutes after injuring his knee gathering team-mate K'wonde Lathan's weak header while under pressure from X-Roads striker Donavan Thompson.

Simmons, who capitalised on a defensive error to score Town's winner, injured his ankle late in the second half and was also replaced.

“Tready is probably going to be out two weeks minimum,” Devarr Boyles, the Town coach, said. “He has no ligament damage. It's severely bruised bone with no swelling, which is a good sign.

“Angelo is progressing and it will be close. It's nothing major. It's a sprain and depends on how quickly he can recover.

“It could be two weeks or week. It just depends on how well he heals but more likely he won't play.”

While Simmons remains questionable, Boyles has plenty of cover in the goalkeeper position in high school pair Jaiden Manders and Julian Roser.

“We have four goalkeepers and two are unavailable which gives us two,” Boyles said. “Most clubs have two to three, so luckily we have a little bit more than other clubs.

“When we looked at the initial plan, it wasn't to expose them in the Friendship Trophy, but plans are just that.

“We planned for everybody to be involved over the Christmas period between the two tournaments — the Player Development League and the Friendship Trophy.”

Manders, son of former Town goalkeeper Anthony Manders, replaced the Gibbons last weekend.

“Jaiden was outstanding, and we know this, so it's all about managing Jaiden,” Boyles said.

Town face Boulevard at Devonshire Recreation Club at 2.30pm.

“Boulevard are in a good period now,” Boyles said. “They have put together a string of wins and so it's going to be a very competitive game.”

That match will be preceded by the Shield semi-final, featuring unbeaten First Division sides Somerset Eagles and Southampton Rangers at 12pm.

Forced off: Treadwell Gibbons, the Dandy Town goalkeeper, picked up a knock in the Friendship Trophy quarter-finals last weekend (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published December 20, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated December 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm)

Injured Gibbons to miss semi-final

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