Hedgehog stops football match

PUBLISHED: 08:35 14 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:14 14 October 2014

A hedgehog briefly stopped play during Hitchin Town's match with Arlesey Town on Monday evening at Top Field. Photo: Damion Roberts

A hedgehog briefly stopped play during Hitchin Town's match with Arlesey Town on Monday evening at Top Field. Photo: Damion Roberts

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Assistant referee hurt as officials stop Hitchin Town v Arlesey Town to deal with spiky pitch invader

It was less ‘Save Top Field’ and more like ‘Save The Hedgehog’ last night as Hitchin Town’s Red Insure Cup match was briefly halted as a prickly customer got on to the pitch.

An hour into the Canaries’ cup tie with Arlesey Town, which the away side went on to win 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, one of the referee’s assistants was notified by the crowd that a hedgehog had scampered on to the pitch – and got about trying to rescue it.

He flagged to the man in the middle to pause the game, before walking on to the wet turf in the pouring down rain at a ground which the club is trying to save from the threat of development.

However, noticing his colleague had yet to blow his whistle he hurriedly tried to pick up the mammal, only to jump back reeling in pain as he’d grabbed a hold of the creature’s spines – much to the amusement of the fans in the main stand.

Along came the referee to see what the fuss was about, and between the two officials they gently lifted the pitch invader to a safe place and resumed the game.


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