Norwich United match abandoned within seconds as player is taken to hospital

Norwich United celebrate retaining the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title, with captain Andy Eastau

Norwich United celebrate retaining the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title, with captain Andy Eastaugh handed the trophy. - Credit: Submitted

Norwich United saw their clash with Soham abandoned within seconds, following a nasty injury to captain Andy Eastaugh.

A clash of heads very early in the game on Bank Holiday Monday left the defender needing medical attention, with a suspected fractured cheekbone and concussion.

The Ryman League Division One North match was then halted after consultation with both managers.

The former Wroxham defender was conscious and smiling when being checked over by paramedics but was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire for further treatment.

Soham joint-manager Robbie Nightingale said he was scared for Eastaugh following the collision.

'It was the coming together of two big guys,' Nightingale said. 'We knew it was bad from the player's reactions. Seeing a player in a heap unconscious is scary.

'Our lad didn't think he had hit him with his head, but as soon as we saw him laying there we knew it was a bad one straight away.'

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Norwich United later said on Twitter: 'Good news regarding @Yendog86 (Eastaugh) after scan there is no brain damage and no breaks however staying in hospital due to severe concussion.

'Typical @Yendog86 can not recall collision but when told what happened he said 'Did I win the header?' #topman'

Eastaugh tweeted on Tuesday to inform everyone that he is okay and to thank Soham and United for their cooperation and support.

The game was abandoned with the score at 0-0 and the match has been rearranged to be played on Tuesday October 25.

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