A FOOTBALL match in south east Cornwall had to be delayed on Tuesday night after the Devon Air Ambulance landed on the pitch.

Torpoint Athletic’s home game with Dobwalls in the Walter C Parson Cup first round was due to kick off at 7.30pm.

But players and coaches arrived at the ground to see the air ambulance positioned on the pitch just outside one of the goalmouths as it responded to an emergency in the nearby residential area.

Torpoint recently had to call off two home matches due to floodlight problems and this was their first evening match back since then, and despite totally understanding the emergency situation, there were concerns that they might be forced to call off another game.

However, the ambulance crew returned to the aircraft at around 7.15pm, and the match was able to kick off at 7.45pm, only 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.

A Devon Air Ambulance spokesman confirmed: "We were tasked to a mission at 5pm last night and flew out of our Exeter Airbase to assist an adult male patient at Torpoint."

It is understood the patient was taken to hospital by land ambulance and their condition is unknown.Torpoint won the game 4-2.