Former Harrogate Railway winger Robbie Youhill crashed to the ground in agony on his return to Station View with new side Darlington 1883.
Youhill dislocated his elbow as he landed on the turf.
But at his time of need, mum Sharon was on hand as she dashed to his rescue over the advertising hoardings.
“It was massively disappointing for him. He fell awkwardly and his elbow felt the force,” said Railway boss Lee Ashforth.
“But I’m sure he will probably be more disappointed that his mum ran on the pitch to help him,” the boss joked.
After the game, Youhill tweeted: “Thanks for all the supportive messages and also for all the banter about @youhill_sharon aka super mum #embarrassing.”
Youhill moved to Darlington from Railway over the summer and linked up with former teammate Nathan Cartman, who he shared a lethal partnership with at Station View.
And it was a happier return to Harrogate for Cartman, who bagged a brace as Darlington won the contest 5-2.
However, Rail’ gave the Quakers a fright in the first half with goals from Stephen Bromley and Roy Fogarty.