STUNNED Bridport Reserves’ manager Richard Middleton revealed his horror at the tackle which broke midfielder Brandon Scadding’s leg on Saturday,

Middleton’s men saw their match against Holt abandoned after just 28 minutes with Scadding waiting for emergency treatment.

An air ambulance landed on the St Mary’s Field pitch and Scadding later needed a three-hour operation to insert a metal rod to stabilise his snapped tibia and fibula.

Bridport had endured a nightmare start as promising midfielder Riley Weedon was sent off 58 seconds into the clash for a late tackle.

Holt went 1-0 up after four minutes before they too were reduced to 10 men following the violent two-footed lunge on Scadding.

A furious Middleton condemned the tackle.

He said: “I’ve played from 10 (years old) and I’ve never seen a tackle like it.

“It was two-footed and (the tackler) broke the leg Brandon was kicking the ball with, usually it’s the standing one. It wasn’t a tackle, it was horrible.”

Middleton added: “I would love to see him back out on any pitch, but I honestly don’t know.

“He’s mentally strong because he didn’t scream when it happened. He just lay on the floor saying ‘it’s broken’ – no screaming, no shouting.

“Brandon is very strong, he’s already had one leg done and that was his standing, so he’s gone through it.

“I’d like to wish Brandon a speedy recovery and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the dugout on Saturday.”

Bridport Reserves host Dorchester Sports on Saturday (3pm).