DAN Lincoln has been resting at home this week after suffering a nasty injury while playing in goal for Bognor Regis when they lost 2-0 to Truro City last Saturday.

The former Reading FC youngster, who also plays cricket for Berkshire and Finchampstead, was attempting a brave save when he collided with a Truro forward.

He stayed down and there were fears he had suffered a spinal injury.

An ambulance was called and it was more than half an hour before he was lifted onto a spinal board and taken to hospital.

Fortunately scans revealed no serious injury, although Lincoln was left with several painful gashes across his back which can only be caused by a player’s studs.

But he is determined to be back playing soon – not even ruling out this week’s National League South match away to fellow strugglers Chippenham.

  • THE chances of seeing a Berkshire non-league football club playing in a Wembley cup final remain very much alive.

Bracknell, Thatcham and Windsor all won their FA Vase fifth-round ties last Saturday and were then drawn apart for the quarter finals to be played on February 24.

Bracknell are home to North Yorkshire club Marske, who are current favourites to lift the trophy on May 20, while Windsor also face Northern League opponents in Stockton but have to travel. Thatcham visit Western Leaguers Melksham.

  • SONNING racehorse owner Max McNeill and his family were in the winner’s enclosure at Musselburgh on Sunday after their expensive purchase Seddon, trained by Tom George and ridden by A P Heskin, won first time out in the Standard Open National Hunt Race after being backed into 11/4 favourite.

Earlier they had seen Act of Valour, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Heskin, finish second to Nicky Henderson’s odds-on favourite We Have A Dream in the Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial Juvenile Hurdle.

The McNeills ended the day with more than £8,750 in prize money. But racing is full of ups and downs, as the family had endured on Saturday when their Keeper Hill fell four fences from home in the Scottish Future Champions Novices’ Chase while leading his four rivals.