South East Wales

Cornelly United: Games go ahead 'for our injured lads'

Cornelly United in action
Image caption Cornelly United's reserve side played their first match since Thursday's incident

A football club's matches have gone ahead days after 11 of its players needed hospital treatment after being hit by a car.

The incident happened at Cornelly United's ground following a game on Thursday.

A man, 35, has since been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

In a Tweet, the club said: "We only feel it is right for the club to try to gain all three points in both fixtures for our injured lads in hospital."

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Media captionJoseph Jones, club secretary, said there was "carnage"

Cornelly United's reserves - who were playing when the incident happened - drew 1-1 against Newtown Wanderers in Port Talbot on Saturday.

After the game, the club tweeted: "Think Cornelly had the bulk of Welsh clubs with them today after the awful events at Meadow St on Thursday night."

Police are investigating what happened after the side beat Margam 5-0 at its Meadow Street ground in North Cornelly on Thursday night.

The club's secretary Joe Jones said it happened when players were standing in the car park on the grass and a BMW collided with them.

"It was horrible. There were parents there, there were people rushing over to help," he said.

"The ambulance and the police were amazing, how quickly they got there."

Locals and parents described their shock, with the club saying player Scott Walker sustained tissue damage in his knee and hip.

"He will be on crutches for the next few weeks and will also need lots of physio," it said on Twitter.

"Things could have been a lot, lot worse."

Det Insp Claire Lamerton urged people with information and footage to get in touch and not to share videos on social media, saying: "This could frustrate our investigation."

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Image caption Emergency services were called on Thursday evening

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