Weekend round-up: Billy Clark suffers serious injury in Bury Town defeat

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Top scorer Billy Clark was stretchered off with a knee injury as Bury Town were beaten 1-0 at Wingate and Finchley in the Ryman League Premier Division on Saturday.

The Blues — who featured new loan signing Nnamdi Nwachuku in attack — were beaten by Josh Kennett’s early goal.

Clark, who Tweeted on Sunday that he dislocated his knee, was injured in the final minute of the first half, and there was more bad injury news from Ram Meadow as Team Bury’s Thurlow Nunn League First Division encounter with Dereham Town Reserves was postponed when Ryan Taylor suffered an injury to his back.

Speaking of the loss of Clark, who could be out for the rest of the season, Bury manager Richard Wilkins said: “Especially when the bigger players left, he has really stepped up to the mark.

“He’s going to be severely missed, especially in a team that are not scoring goals.

“The most important thing is for him to rest and recuperate and hopefully we will know more answers in a few days.”

Team Bury were leading Dereham 1-0 with less than five minutes to play when Taylor — who had scored the young Blues’ goal — was knocked unconscious and damaged his back when he hit the floor.

Team Bury boss Ross Wilding said: “He’s on the mend, so hopefully he’ll be out of hospital by Wednesday.”

Taylor has scored two goals in 20 appearances for Bury’s senior team this season.

In Ryman One North, Needham Market dropped more points in the chase for the play-offs as they drew 1-1 with struggling Barkingside, with Ryan Crisp levelling for the Marketmen just before half-time.

Thetford Town and Mildenhall Town suffered defeats in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, but there were First Division victories for Stowmarket Town and Needham Market Reserves.

A vastly-improved Stow outfit recorded five consecutive league wins for the first time since December 2001 as Remell Davis, Wayne Proctor and Sean Rea netted in their 3-1 victory over Saffron Walden Town, while Danny Bloomfield netted the only goal of the game in Needham Reserves’ 1-0 triumph over Fakenham Town.