Ingram: Hackworth injury a massive blow

Tony Hackworth signs for Pickering Town
Tony Hackworth signs for Pickering Town

Pickering Town assistant-manager Denny Ingram was delighted with the result from Tuesday night's 2-2 draw with Scarborough Athletic.

There was still a downside for Ingram though, as his former Boro teammate Tony Hackworth was carried off for the Pikes after 20 minutes with a ruptured Achilles.

After an initial examination in Scarborough Hospital after the game, Hackworth now requires a further inspection to ascertain the extent of the damage.

Ingram said: "Tony's injury is a massive blow to us, especially as it comes so close to the start of the season.

"He had committed for the new season, geared himself up and dedicated himself 100%.

"You could see in pre-season that he presence on the training pitch and in the changing room was motivating the other players at the club.

"After all that hype and build-up to the season, this injury comes as a massive pin in the balloon for him.

"We're not sure about the full extent of the injury at the moment, he'll be finding out over the next few days.

"We'd love him to come back and help out with coaching and then eventually as a player, but due to this injury, linked in with his family, work and bubble football commitments, it is a big ask.

"The injury also means that we have to go on the look-out for another striker, which isn't ideal just before the start of the season.

"We will have to hope that Ryan Blott can come through the next few games. We've also been in contact with another striker, but it is a case of sorting out personal details."

Ingram still took plenty of positives from Tuesday's run-out, including Pickering's response to a half-time rocket.

"The lads were given a rocket up their backsides at half-time because we looked very sluggish," added Ingram.

"We conceded two goals that could have easily been avoided and I think we paid them too much respect by standing off and letting them play.

"It is important that we can change personnel and formations to fit situations, and we did exactly that.

"The lads that came on in the second half deserve a lot of credit because they came on, performed and did the club proud."