LONDON (AP) – An English lower league cup match was abandoned on Tuesday after a player was knocked unconscious following a collision and was taken to hospital with a head injury.
Accrington Stanley defender Tom Bender was treated on the pitch with oxygen for 30 minutes after colliding with two other players during the game against Tranmere in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy for third and fourth tier clubs.
Stanley chief executive Rob Heys said: ''He wasn't (conscious) initially but I think he did start to come round as time went by so that's a good sign.''
As for the incident, Heys said: ''It was just a collision with one of the Tranmere attackers and our goalkeeper and Tom, who kind of collided together. Tom fell to the ground and it went on from there. It was one of those where we perhaps didn't realize how serious it was straight away, but fortunately the medical people were on straight away.''
Stanley's Assistant manager Jimmy Bell told BBC Sport: ''It is a head injury and we are worried about him.''
The 18-year-old defender, who is on a season-long loan from Colchester, was on a drip when he left Accrington's ground in an ambulance.
Heys said the game was abandoned because ''both sets of players were shaken up by the incident.''