Moseley flanker Harriet Mustard will be a spectator rather than a player when North Midlands Women play their first-ever County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Five Ways OE’s Hopwood ground on Sunday May 8 (3.30pm).
Mustard suffered a head injury in the friendly against Cheshire at Chester last week and will not be able to resume playing until she has passed the necessary concussion protocols.
Her injuries are less serious than first feared. An air ambulance was called and the referee abandoned the match after 60 minutes with North Midlands leading Cheshire 5-0.
Thankfully the air ambulance was not required and although Mustard was taken to hospital in Chester she was discharged the same evening.
North Midlands hope that Mustard might yet play some part in their County Championship campaign by progressing from their group to the knockout stages.
North Midlands play their final group match against Berkshire at Five Ways OE on May 15.
15 Samantha Bree (Worcester); 14 Carys Hall (Lichfield), 13 Alexia Mavroudis (Camp Hill), 12 Sophie Jackson (Birmingham University), 11 Heather Cowell (Birmingham University); 10 Hannah Bussey (Moseley), 9 Melissa Wright (Moseley); 1 Nicola Brown (Moseley), 2 Steph Clarke (Worcester – captain), 3 Lauren Cackombe (Moseley), 4 Joy Potter (Moseley), 5 Rowena Meaton (Moseley), 6 Madelaine Roslund (Camp Hill), 7 Stephanie Smith (Birmingham University and Worcester), 8 Charlotte Browning (Birmingham University and Camp Hill). Replacements: Rhiannon Watkins (Worcester), Hayley Brain (Dudley Kingswinford), Hannah Haywood (Wasps), Rhiannin Donnahey (Worcester), Paige Smith (Camp Hill), Steph Warner (Moseley), Lisa Campbell (Worcester).