A SERIOUS injury forced Colwyn Bay’s crucial home clash with Evo-stik North playoff rivals Trafford to be abandoned.

The incident occurred after 65 minutes and involved Danny Frost, who was taken to hospital with a head injury that required an ambulance and an immediate trip to hospital.

With medics not wanting to move the player after he swallowed his tongue, the air ambulance was alerted, but it had to abort the journey due to low cloud and poor visibility and as a result it was over an hour before a land ambulance arrived.

Bay had produced an excellent performance to take a commanding 2-0 lead prior to the incident.

Danny Bartle scored from close range after a good run and cross by Jack Hindle on 24 minutes, and they doubled their lead on 58 when Danny Andrews prodded home from close range after more impressive approach play from Hindle.

But the game was halted with 25 minutes still to play when Frost’s head collided with the barrier after making a sliding challenge for the ball near the bye-line.

Players rushed to his assistance as he started to fit, and the referee’s assistant administered immediate life-saving first aid as the medics raced across from the dugout.

The referee ordered the players to leave the pitch and following a lengthy delay while Frost was being attended to, and later he abandoned the game.

A club spokesman, said: “It is something you hope never to see. Thankfully news from the hospital afterwards was that Danny was talking and responsive and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

“Thank you to the referee’s assistant who reacted instantly to Danny Frost’s terrible injury – you were amazing.

“Also thanks to Colwyn Bay juniors coach Danny McGoona and both medical teams for their superb help and a big thank to our stewards. Get well soon Danny.”

Alan Morgan’s side are next in action on Tuesday when they host Ossett Town, before travelling to South Shields on Saturday.