MALMESBURY Victoria boss Kevin Bridgeman says they will be doing all they can to progress in the FA Vase after Sam Parker’s season-ending injury brought a premature end to their second qualifying round clash at London Lions.

The Flying Monk Ground side were trailing 1-0 in north west London when Parker fractured his left patella and damaged the ligaments with 30 minutes remaining on the clock.

However, with an ambulance not arriving at the Barnet-based club until 5.35pm, the referee had taken the decision to abandon the game.

The match will now been restaged this Sunday (4.30pm), the all-Jewish club will be observing the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur the day before, and the winners will entertain Clapton in the first round proper on October 21.

“Sam had his operation over the weekend and was back home on Monday afternoon,” Bridgeman said.

“He slid off the pitch and fractured his left patella and there was some ligament damage as well. From what the surgeon said, we don’t expect to see him again this season.

“Unfortunately he is unlikely to be able to come on Sunday as he is in a lot of pain and will be in a knee brace for at least six weeks.

“We will be doing all we can to get the win for him.

“There is also the carrot of a home draw in the next round against Clapton, who play in the Essex Senior League, which is step nine – the equivalent of Chipping Sodbury (Town), who we beat in the last round.”

Before the game was brought to a halt at Rowley Lane, the two sides were locked at half-time thanks to Vics keeper Adam Clatworthy saving a penalty.

The Lions broke the deadlock early in the second half, however, Malmesbury were finding a way back into the match having hit the post and going close on a couple of occasions before the injury to Parker.

Royal Wootton Bassett Town emphatically secured their place in the first round as they thumped Spartans South Midlands League Division One side Codicote 5-0.

The Hellenic League Premier Division outfit stormed into a 4-0 lead at the interval with Sam Packer bagging all of them.

The hotshot then turned provider in the second half as he played in Rory Sproule at the back post for Bassett’s fifth.

Rich Hunter’s side will now welcome Ampthill Town in the next round.

Calne Town’s FA Vase adventure came to an end at the weekend as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Downton.