GRAYS Athletic captain Jamie Stuart will stand trial accused of breaking another player's jaw during a game.

Stuart is alleged to have struck York City Striker Chris Beardsley during a Blue Square Premier League match.

Beardsley was left with a broken jaw after the incident, which is alleged to have happened at Grays' New Recreation Ground in Bridge Road on September 22 this year.

Stuart, 31 of Knole Gate, Sidcup, in Kent was charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

He appeared at Basildon Magistrates' Court today (Thursday) to face the charge.

Stuart, who was dressed in a suit, answered only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on unconditional bail.

Stuart will reappear at Basildon Crown Court in April for a plea and case management hearing where a trial date is likely to be set.