Holyport's match against Reading City abandoned after Ensby suffers head injury

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Holyport FC’s game against Reading City was brought to a dramatic cancellation on Tuesday evening after Matt Ensby sustained a head injury and needed to be taken to hospital.

The full-back, with over 150 appearances for Port, was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital while the decision was made to abandon the Combined Counties fixture with City leading 2-0.

On Twitter, Holyport revealed the player had been discharged on Wednesday morning with a statement reading: “Good news this morning as Matt Ensby was released from hospital at 3am following all clear X-Ray results, now time to rest up and follow protocols for head injuries.”

Assistant coach at Holyport, Sam Lock, detailed the incident: “It was a very late challenge.

“The centre-forward tried to leave a bit on him – which was fair, and not a red card or anything like that.

“Matt has headed the ball and the centre-forward has gone straight through the back of him. The referee was under the opinion he then lost consciousness.

“Dave Jones and the physio Emily were straight on the pitch – they were brilliant. The decision was made not to move him. He tried to get up, but he was very shaky, very dithery.

“We made the decision to call for an ambulance. They arrived and took him to hospital where he was assessed last night.

“We’re still waiting for feedback from his dad, but it sounds like he had severe concussion.

“We all wish Matt a speedy recovery.”

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