Confusion for Cosmos
PUBLISHED: 12:28 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010
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KILBURN Cosmos season was thrown into turmoil after their relegation clash with Old Abbotstonians was controversially called off. The Cosmos were leading their rivals 10-0 when lock Jon Trout suffered a neck injury, leading to a half-hour delay while an
KILBURN Cosmos' season was thrown into turmoil after their relegation clash with Old Abbotstonians was controversially called off.
The Cosmos were leading their rivals 10-0 when lock Jon Trout suffered a neck injury, leading to a half-hour delay while an ambulance was called.
But Abbotstonians refused to resume Saturday's Herts/Middx Division One clash after Trout had been taken to hospital, claiming that the light was poor - and insisted that a new date should be scheduled instead.
Kilburn refused and league officials will now decide whether to award them the points, or order a replay of the match.
The Cosmos were on top when play was halted after 27 minutes, with Chris Garvey scoring a try and Chris Coane adding the conversion, as well as a penalty.
Kilburn chairman Phil Morgan said: "Jon has had his best season for us. Luckily it's only muscle damage and he is very much on the mend.
"The opposition decided it would be fairer to play again on another date, with a 0-0 scoreline. We didn't agree, so the whole thing is now with the league for a ruling."
Cosmos face a stern test this weekend when they travel to unbeaten league leaders Chiswick.
Meanwhile, Morgan found himself called into action as an emergency referee as a knee injury forced the original official off after 10 minutes of Kilburn's second XV match against the Black Baa Baas.
The Cosmos fell behind to an early unconverted try, but full-back Jared Horsfall responded, finishing off a flowing move to score under the posts and an easy conversion put Kilburn 7-5 up.
But another unconverted score brought the Baa Baas back into the lead and two quick tries at the start of the second half stretched the gap to 17 points.
Kilburn did their best to get on the scoresheet again, but were kept at bay by a solid defence and two more tries meant a harsh final scoreline of 38-7.