No minute did Jake Britnell mean to break a fella's leg, not one minute, insists Greenwich Borough boss Gary Alexander

Saturday 04th February 2017

GREENWICH BOROUGH manager Gary Alexander has issued a statement concerning comments made by Tooting & Mitcham United manager Frank Wilson about one of his players. published an interview with Wilson following his side’s 1-0 win over Greenwich Borough at Imperial Fields last Saturday.

Danny Bassett is likely to be ruled out for “around ten weeks with a fractured leg,” following a tackle from Greenwich Borough’s Jake Britnell during the game, that the match referee deemed was to be a bookable offence.

Tooting & Mitcham United are now 11 points clear of Greenwich Borough tonight after their 4-1 win at Herne Bay, while Greenwich Borough slipped down to fifth after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Dorking Wanderers in a third-versus-second clash at the DGS Marine Stadium.

“It put a huge, huge dampener on what was a really epic win,” Wilson told

“Danny will be out for around 10 weeks. He went straight to A&E – it wasn’t a clean break.

“I’ve watched the incident back and was close to where it happened – it’s an absolute horror tackle.  It left a sour taste in my mouth. It was a really entertaining, good game of football that was played in good spirits – aside from that challenge.

“Ironically the same player made a nasty one on Peter Wedgeworth earlier in the season, which put him out for eight weeks. I’m highlighting this because I haven’t gone as far as taking it to the League. I don’t want to get embroiled in that. We’ll focus on getting Danny back to full health.”

Alexander was keen to issue the following statement, following the face-to-face press conference following today’s draw against Dorking Wanderers.

“I just like to put out there that their manager is not happy with the tackle but from the side-line Jake won the ball,” said Alexander.

“ Yes, it was pretty aggressive and it showed a hunger but no minute did Jake mean to break a fellas leg, not one minute!

“He then relates back to an incident that happened weeks ago on one of Jake Britnell’s good friends, Peter Wedgeworth, that he’s tried to hurt him in a tackle or did hurt him in a tackle and that he wants to go to the League.

“Well, if that’s the case we’ll be ringing up the League every week about tackles at this level you know, so it’s a little bit petty and it’s a man’s game.

“Listen, I hope the kid makes a full recovery and a speedy recovery because he’s a top player, but at no point should he (Wilson) be telling my players that he’s going to the League or putting in papers. Have a chat with me and if he wants me to chat to Britnell, that’s great, but no point should be bringing up tackles that happened weeks ago. That’s just petty. We’ll be doing that every week and they’ll be plenty of problems. But to say he’ll be reporting it to the League, Jake’s in there hurting that the kid’s broken his leg, that’s more than enough, no?”

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