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Griffin: 'It is Burgess Hill or us'

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: March 17, 2012

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"IT IS looking like Burgess Hill Town or us," boss Steve Griffin admitted about Whyteleafe's hopes of avoiding relegation.

Leafe are eight points adrift of Burgess Hill at the bottom of the Ryman League Division One South, but have two games in hand after their match against Hythe Town was dramatically abandoned after 30 minutes on Saturday.

Whyteleafe were losing 1-0, thanks to a Nick Reeves goal, when referee Ashley Slaughter fell to the ground clutching his neck. Physio Gemma Clark quickly ordered that an ambulance be called after Slaughter reported he had been stung by a bee and went into anaphylactic shock, losing consciousness.

"I was running around screaming asking if anyone had an epi-pen, they probably thought it was me that was ill," Griffin joked. "Gemma did ever so well and the linesmen obviously knew Ashley well and were talking to him throughout, although he was deeply unconscious.

"He was a bit of a state.He had tablets to deal with his allergy, but they're not much good when your throat has closed up."

However, the Leafe manager was less pleased with the speed of the ambulance.

"It was my assistant Dean Palmer who rang the ambulance and they keep you on the line, talking through what is happening," Griffin said. "It took the ambulance 28 minutes to turn up and when they did they had to call another ambulance as they couldn't deal with a bee sting, despite us telling the person on the phone what was wrong."

The Hythe game is to be replayed next Tuesday, but despite being a goal down at the time of abandonment of the original match, Griffin is not sure the replay is to his team's advantage.

"You never know what might have happened on Saturday, we could have gone on to lose or we could have gone on and won it," the manager explained.

"We might get injuries in Saturday's game and be missing vital players on Tuesday."

But it is a game Whyteleafe will be looking to get points from as they battle relegation, especially with a tough match against title-chasing Dulwich Hamlet up next on Saturday.

"We have two games in hand, and we still have to play Burgess Hill, but really it is looking like them or us," Griffin said.

"Whitstable have got three straight wins which has helped them out tremendously, so on the face of it, they are okay.

"But you never know if us and Burgess Hill started to go on a bit of a run.

"If we can get some points on the board maybe we can get Burgess Hill a bit worried."

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