By Nathan Salt For Mailonline
Bath City striker Alex Fletcher had to be taken to hospital after colliding head-first with a pitch-side advertising board against Dulwich Hamlet, leading to the game’s abandonment
A non-league footballer is in a critical condition in intensive care after crashing head-first into a pitch-side concrete advertising board.
There was immediate concern for Alex Fletcher, 23, following the sickening collision in the fifth minute and after an initial stoppage of 30 minutes, to allow the striker some treatment, the match was abandoned as he left Twerton Park in an ambulance.
Though exact circumstances remain unclear, some fans on social media said Fletcher was knocked out after challenging for possession and being unintentionally shoved into the advertising hoarding.
Fletcher was playing for Bath City against Dulwich Hamlet in the National League South, the country’s sixth tier of football – with the first four being professional ranks, topped by the Premier League.
His parents, Paul and Ali, have now revealed that Fletcher required emergency brain surgery to stabilise his condition.
‘He remains in a stable but critical condition,’ the parents’ statement reads.
‘Everyone at the club is deeply saddened by tonight’s events and it has been agreed that the game will not resume,’ Bath City tweeted following the abandonment.
On Wednesday morning they added: ‘Everyone at Bath City is sending their unconditional love, strength and support to Alex and his loved ones.’
Fletcher, pictured in 2020 with fiancee Ellie Pitocco, is stable but remains critical
Fletcher’s parents confirmed on Wednesday morning that he remains in a ‘critical condition’
Bath City tweeted that ‘everyone at the club is deeply saddened’ at the striker’s serious injury
Five minutes into the game it was explained Fletcher suffered a nasty clash with an ad-board
A review will now be conducted that will examine all the circumstances leading to Fletcher’s serious injury.
A post from Dulwich Hamlet read: ‘Due to the serious injury sustained by Alex Fletcher, both teams have agreed to abandon the game.
‘For now the most important thing is the safety and recovery of Alex, and from everyone connected with Dulwich, we wish him a speedy and full recovery.’
The match was 0-0 when the referee chose to abandon.
The game on Tuesday night, seen here on Bath City’s Instagram page, was abandoned
In a statement, the Vanarama National League said: ‘Everyone at The National League sends their best wishes to Bath City’s Alex Fletcher.
‘We, like everyone, hope to hear positive news very soon and wish Alex a speedy recovery.’
Leslie Knott, a fan at the game, tweeted a photo of fans being asked to leave after the 30-minute stoppage did little to alleviate the injury Fletcher had sustained.
Fletcher has been wished a speedy recovery after the alarming incident on Tuesday night
There was a 30-minute stoppage for Fletcher to receive treatment but he eventually left Twerton Park in an ambulance and is now in intensive care after emergency neurosurgery
Went to watch @BathCity_FC vs Dulwich & Hamlet tonight. After 5 mins play there was a player down (Alex Fletcher) after he crashed into advertising and suffered serious injury. After 30 mins stoppage the game was abandoned as they were waiting for an ambulance.
‘Went to watch Bath City FC vs Dulwich & Hamlet tonight,’ the tweet read.
‘After 5 mins play there was a player down (Alex Fletcher) after he crashed into advertising and suffered serious injury. After 30 mins stoppage the game was abandoned as they were waiting for an ambulance.’
The former Plymouth prospect Fletcher joined Bath in January 2021 and was named Player of the Year after scoring 19 goals last season.
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