Scarborough Athletic chairman Dave Holland has piled praise on his staff after a very difficult day for the club.
Boro’s Evo-Stik North game at home against Bamber Bridge was abandoned after 31 minutes due to a horrible knee injury to midfielder Chris Bolder.
Former Grimsby and North Ferriby man Bolder went down off the ball with Bridge leading by a single goal.
An hour and half later Bolder was taken to Scarborough Hospital and in an ambulance.
Holland said: “Chris was having a cracking game when he fell down in agony with what was clearly a serious injury.
“Our physios Chris Machen and Becky Bolton were in there straight away, they were fantastic. As were the red cross and the ambulance people when they arrived. I have nothing but praise for all of them.
“The disappointing fact was that it took an hour by the referee’s watch for the ambulance to arrive.
“Chris was clearly in a bad way, in shock and passing in and out of conciousness. We were obviously very concerned and it was clear that we couldn’t move him.
“The referee gave us the option of abandoning the fixture. I spoke to our manager Bryan Hughes and the lads were all in shock, they were reluctant to continue.”
Holland added: “We had a challenge after this, but everyone at the club pulled together and they all made me very proud.
“The stewards were magnificent because obviously there were a good number of disappointed fans.
“Everyone exited in a dignified manner after some initial frustration.
“We made it clear that the welfare of the players came first, as it would have done if one of our opposition went down injured.
“We are obviously very upset for Chris and we hope that he will be able to bounce back quickly. Our thoughts are with him and his family.