A YOUNG footballer who badly broke his leg during a school league game in April was given a treat he thought he’d missed out on last week.
Lachlan Bartlett, 15, from Newton Stewart, was tackled minutes before the end of a game between his Douglas Ewart team and that of Sanquhar Academy on April 25 before being rushed off to Dumfries Infirmary for a string of operations on what turned out to be a serious injury to his leg.
Lachlan and his team had been thrilled to know they would be lifting the cup at the end of the game, regardless of the result, but he had to watch his hopes of being part of the championship crowd fade as he sped off in the back of the ambulance.
However, last week his team-mates and coach surprised Lachlan in hospital with a visit - and took the coveted cup with them so he could finally lift it with them.
Lachlan, who underwent yet another operation on the leg on Friday, was allowed home on Sunday and even managed a night out with his pals to a boxing tournament that night.
He said: “I was definately gutted on not making the end of the match, especially being the final and us winning the cup.
“But this injury has not put me of football whatsoever. It was really nice to hold the cup, it makes it all worthwhile. I even made it to the Bravehearts boxing match on Sunday, so that made my weekend. Thanks to all the Bravehearts who wished me well and got me a get well soon banner.”