Hockey: Chelmsford regroup after accident to goalkeeper

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Chelmsford women put their celebrations for winning the National Indoor title at Crystal Palace on ice last weekend after the men's first XI goalkeeper David Carter was badly injured in a car accident a short distance from the venue.

Carter, a second-year physiotherapy student, suffered fractures to his lower legs as well as serious injuries to his upper body, but after two operations he is expected to leave hospital some time next week.

As the National League swings back into full action this weekend both Chelmsford teams will want to put the accident behind them. The men, striving for promotion to the Premiership and lying just three points away from the leaders Firebrands, visit Belper tomorrow when their player-coach, Craig Fulton, will return from action with the South African national side.

Chelmsford women, who lead the Premier Division, host Fyffes Leicester today when they will introduce three teenagers to their squad, Sarah Bolton, Julia Butterworth and Libby Knifton.