Scarborough Athletic Reserves’ 3-2 Humber first division victory against East Riding Rangers was marred by a nasty head injury to Gary Hepples
The midfielder was rushed to Scarborough Hospital after receiving a blow to his head in the final minute of the game, but he has since returned home.
Boss Steve Brennan said: “It was an awful injury and it came in the final two seconds of the match, which made it worse for Gary.
“He was taken to hospital in an ambulance, but he is okay now, which is the main thing.”
First-teamer Hepples was one of a number of new faces in the Boro line-up for the opening game of the season.
Brennan also gave debuts to James Seymour, Niall Gibb, Dan Baldry, Chris Hanham, James Pinder and Eric Hall.
It was three of the debut boys who teamed up for the first goal when Hall and Baldry sparked and swift break and Hepples flicked home.
Boro doubled their lead when Pinder stole onto a poor back-pass, the striker rounded the keeper and poked into the open net.
Athletic eased their foot off the gas after that, allowing Rangers back into the game.
They pulled a goal back with a neat finish after the hour and then levelled things up in the closing stages.
But with time ticking away, sub Luke Foster was brought down on the edge of the box. Hall stepped up and fired his free-kick through the wall and the keeper fumbled it into the net.
Brennan added: “We did get a bit nervous after starting the game so well, but it was a good all-round performance against a side who will be up there at the end of the season.”