Sssssstriker’s bit­ing tackle leaves soc­cer broth­ers rat­tled

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A PAIR of broth­ers have been left rat­tled af­ter a snake took a bite out of their foot­ball.

Ge­orge, 16, and Harry Massey, 13, had a kick-around in the field at the Fer­main Youth Cen­tre on Ox­ford Road.

When Harry’s at­tempt at goal landed off the pitch in the long grass, Ge­orge ran to get it.

When he found the ball, he was shocked to see a snake slith­er­ing away from the punc­tured ball, which the broth­ers think had been bit­ten by the crea­ture. Ge­orge said he thinks the snake was an adder.

He said: “It was about two and a half foot and green.

“I just froze, I didn’t know what to do. It left a hole in our ball and it’s ru­ined.”

The snake was spot­ted around mid­day on Mon­day.

The boys’ mum Sally Hor­rocks, of West­bury Drive, wants to warn par­ents. She said: “It’s school hol­i­days, but there could have been more chil­dren around and the snake could have bit­ten a leg or hand.”

Kevin Brad­burne, Fer­main cen­tre manager, said a staff mem­ber checked the area but couldn’t see a snake.

He said: “We’ve not heard of this be­fore but the safety of the chil­dren is para­mount and we’ll keep an eye out.”

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