Camm on the mend

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn midfielder Mark Camm was recovering at home yesterday after being knocked unconscious in the club's 0-0 Southern League, Premier Division title shoot-out against Team Bath.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn midfielder Mark Camm was recovering at home yesterday after being knocked unconscious in the club's 0-0 Southern League, Premier Division title shoot-out against Team Bath.

Camm was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after fainting for a second time in the home dressing room following the promotion clash.

He needed lengthy treatment on the pitch after taking an elbow to the head in the 88th minute when challenging for a high ball. He was eventually helped to the sidelines, but an ambulance was called after the final whistle when he passed out again.


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Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins confirmed a battered and bruised Camm is now home in Yorkshire after his frightening scare.

“He is very stiff and sore,” said Bobbins. “They released him from hospital on Saturday night and hopefully there'll be no lasting effects. He was out cold on the pitch and came around, but when he passed out again in the dressing room we decided to take him to hospital to be on the safe side.

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“I had a long chat with him on Saturday night and he is fully compus mentus. We will monitor him now this week but the main thing is he is okay. We're looking at that rather than whether he is going to miss games or how long he might be out for.”

Lynn boss Keith Webb absolved the second-placed Students of any blame in the incident, saying: “I don't think the fella has gone up maliciously but he has led with his elbow. Three players collided and Cammy came off worse. You could tell by the way he fell that he was out cold before he even hit the deck. He was feeling a little bit sick but he was talking and fully aware of where he was.”

Cambridge United loan recruit Gavin Hoyte is poised to miss Lynn's title run-in with a hamstring injury while top scorer Joe Francis (knee) also sat out the goalless draw.

“I don't think Gavin will be back,” said Webb. “He's having a scan this week but it looks like the hamstring injury is more serious than we or Cambridge United first thought. I'm a bit more hopeful Joe will be fit for the last few games.”

Lynn edged a step closer to the title in front of a 2,336 crowd - among the top five non-league gates of the day.

“Magnificent,” said Bobbins. “We hoped for a good one but I was genuinely taken aback to see so many in the ground. I hope we can keep it going for the remaining games.”

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