As he watched his young captain loaded into the back of an ambulance, it was clear from the look on Mark Shaw’s face that a football match was the last thing on his mind.
The Worksop Town manager admitted everything else had become a secondary concern, from the minute Jake Scott landed on his head and neck in the middle of the Nostell Miners Welfare pitch.
“It overshadows everything. It looked like a bad one,” he said.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with the lad over the last year and a bit, we interact almost every day, so to see him lying there, to see one of my lads lying like that, it’s very distressing, upsetting.”
“You can’t help him and it’s very difficult to get your head round.”
“It’s taken the gloss off any kind of contest.”
Scott was taken to Pinderfields Hospital where scans revealed no serious injuries, although the midfielder was left in considerable pain and discomfort.
Shaw lauded the work of club physio Gabby Tye in the moments after the incident.
“Full credit to her, that’s why we have a fully qualified university graduate on the bench.”
“Without her, what would have happened to him?”
“She’s realised it’s a bit dangerous and made sure he wasn’t moved. Scotty has had the best care.”
Scott was quick to thank the Worksop Town supporters who sang his name as he was carted off the pitch on Saturday, his team-mates for winning the game and fans around the league for their messages of support.
“I am very overwhelmed with the support from the lads and supporters over the last 24 hours,” he said.
“The fans were unreal from what I remember and from what I have been told, and the lads stuck together for three points.”
“It is class to see the support from the other clubs in the NCEL as well, just goes to show how strong a community football creates.”
“Just to let everyone know the x-rays were all clear, just a precaution. Feeling a bit sore this morning but back fit soon hopefully.”