A DARLINGTON footballer is in hospital being treated for a head injury after last night’s match had to be abandoned.

Darlington defender Nicky Hunt was seriously injured in the 87th minute of the match against Boston United.

Hunt had accidentally collided with the opposition’s Joe Leesley in the build-up to Boston’s second goal.

He was left unconscious and required lengthy treatment on the pitch, waiting more than an hour for an ambulance. 

He was taken to hospital at 11pm by ambulance, a spokesperson for Darlington FC said.

In a statement last night, the club said: “Following an incident on the field near the end of the match, Nicky was left unconscious and needed lengthy treatment for a head injury from the physios of both clubs and medical staff.

“He was taken to hospital at 11pm by ambulance.

“We would like to thank the excellent care and prompt action which was taken by the physios of both clubs, and the Darlington FC safety staff and stewards.

“Our thoughts are with Nicky and his family.

“We will update everybody when we can.”