South Shields striker Carl Finnigan suffered suspected concussion after a collision with Hyde United goalkeeper Peter Crook in Saturday’s game at Mariners Park.

Finnigan took an accidental knee to the head in the seventh minute of the match, and after eight minutes of treatment was stretchered off.

An ambulance was called for at 3.10pm, and arrived to take the 31-year-old to hospital at 5.35pm.

The first on the scene to treat Finnigan was Shields physio Andrew Morris.

He said: “Carl was unconcious for about one-and-a-half minutes, and had swallowed his tongue.

“We had to rectify that situation first, and then fortunately I received assistance from Hyde’s physio and others while I was holding his airway open.

“Hyde’s physio supported Carl’s neck, because we couldn’t rule out a neck injury at that stage, and we got him into the recovery position.

“Carl came round, started communicating and opened his eyes, and we were then able to stretcher him off.

“He was later in and out of conciousness in the treatment room, and he now just needs to be checked over at hospital as he’s suffering from some short-term memory loss. He can’t remember anything after 2pm on Saturday.

“When he was leaving the ground, he was talking and alert, and hopefully I’ll be able to get an update from him later.

“I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.”

In line with the FA’s concussion guidelines, Finnigan is not expected to be able to resume training until 14 days have passed.

Defender Lewis Galpin paid tribute to South Shields physio Andrew Morris after making his comeback from a broken leg in the 5-1 win over Willington at Mariners Park.

Galpin had not played since suffering the injury in November, but was introduced as a second half substitute in what was Shields’ final home game of the season.

In the video above, he discusses how he felt, and how pleased he was to return before the summer.

He also talks about the work put in with Morris, and how much he has helped him during his months on the sidelines.

VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.

David Foley told of his delight after making his return from a hamstring injury in South Shields’ 2-0 win over Ryhope CW on Tuesday.

The forward came on for the final 11 minutes of the Ebac Northern League Division Two match after almost two months out with the injury, which he sustained in the victory against Heaton Stannington in August.

In the video above, Foley explains how frustrating his time out of contention has been, and praises physio Andrew Morris for the treatment he received during the lay-off.

He also talks about the form of the team in his absence and whether he is ready to start Saturday’s game against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.

VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.