HEREFORD player Luke Haines spoke of the 'scary time' he had after loosing his vision for over 10 minutes after a clash of heads earlier this season.

The incident happened at Edgar Street during Hereford's 1-1 draw against Leamington in September.

Haines was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

"I was a scary time," said Haines after making his return after the concussion injury at Alfreton Town.

"They took me to hospital as they were worried about my neck and having pain in my neck.

"It was scary because I lost my vision for 10 to 12 minutes. It was complete blackness which was a worrying time.

"I was worried whether it was going to come back. After the first 30 seconds you just think I'm dizzy but when it gets to five or six minutes you do start to panic.

"One thing I do remember is the amazing reception I received coming off the pitch by the fans."

Haines signed permanently for Hereford in the summer after a successful loan spell from Swindon Town.

The defensive midfielder who can also play centre-half made his return to the Bulls side as an unlikely striker and scored a late equaliser at Alfreton.

"It's always good to get on the scoresheet and help get the result we needed in the end," added Haines.

"I think the knock on the head made me find where the net is, it's not often you find me in the box to be fair.

"The gaffer and Yan (Klukowski) said to me 'you are going on up front, just go and cause problems'.

"The first thing that was knocked down to me was the goal. They wanted me to offer something different up front with an aerial presence and being a bit of an ugly centre-forward.

"I couldn't have asked for a better welcome back. I haven't scored for Hereford my whole time here, get put on up front and score within seconds."

After scoring four goals in eight league games the Bulls netted three times at Alfreton, but defensive errors let them down.

"We do analysis on the teams and knew what they were going to do today," added Haines.

"It's three goals that we should keep out really. It's a team effort and comes from up top all the way to the back.

"There is nobody individually at fault but we need to cut out those individual mistakes and we'll be fine. It's that final turn of the screw."