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Air ambulance on pitch denies Yeovil Town promotion chance!

A National League South match between Weymouth and Yeovil Town was abandoned due to a medical emergency in the stands, with an air ambulance crew landing on the pitch to assist.

Yeovil Town had the opportunity to secure their promotion into the National League when they took on Weymouth yesterday afternoon in the National League South.

Despite going 1-0 up against the home side, Yeovil’s promotion hopes were put on hold temporarily, with the match being called off in the second half due to a medical emergency in the stands.

Weymouth said in an official statement at the time “Due to the medical emergency that took place in the stadium this afternoon, we can confirm that today’s game has been abandoned. A further announcement will later take place. Our thoughts go out to the casualty and their loved ones.”

The game was brought to a halt 75 minutes in, with the referee making the decision to suspend the match entirely coming before an air ambulance landed on the pitch to assist.

The air ambulance crew landed on the pitch during Weymouth vs Yeovil Town after a supporter suffered a medical emergency.
The air ambulance crew landed on the pitch during Weymouth vs Yeovil Town after a supporter suffered a medical emergency. Image credit: Somerset Live

Weymouth Club Chairman Paul Maitland said of the incident:

“Unfortunatley there was a medical incident late on in the game that required an air ambulance to attend. That caused the game to be halted while that person received medical treatment,”

“That person is now on their way to hospital but because of the length of time that was involved, the referee deemed that the game needed to be abandoned. The club has already been in contact with the National League to understand what happens next.”

“I’m guessing because of the point of the season we’re at, that decision will be made quite promptly. As soon as we know where we stand we will obviously make a further statement to supporters. As a club what I would like to do at this point is offer our best wishes to the person who fell ill.”

The match being abandoned still leaves Yeovil Town the task of securing their promotion into the National League.

The side are currently top of the National League South, a full 7 points clear of second-place Chelmsford City, who have played now two more matches than the leaders.

Yeovil have Worthing, Truro City, Dartford, and Dover Athletic left to play in their 2023/2024 campaign, as well as their rematch with Weymouth, which is yet to be scheduled.

One more victory for the side will guarantee them promotion into the National League, but if they do fall short in their remaining 5 matches, they will still have the opportunity to earn promotion via the National League South playoffs.

Despite missing out on their chance for promotion yesterday, we are sure Yeovil Town are pleased with the job performed by the air ambulance crew who got the ailed fan to safety from Bob Lucas Stadium.