Bosses fume at red cards

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Town boss Neil Aspin and his Chester counterpart Neil Young slammed referee Anthony Tankard for his decision to send off Dale Johnson and George Horan during the FA Cup tie on Saturday.

Tankard brandished straight reds for striker Johnson and Chester skipper Horan after the pair grabbed hold of each other by the head seven minutes into the second half.

The game, which was marred by crowd trouble, eventually finished 1-1 after Simon Hackney’s long range strike cancelled out Antoni Sarcevic’s equally wonderful opener.

Aspin, who is also set to lose midfield enforcer Jason Jarrett to suspension following his red card at Histon, called the decision to issue red cards “ridiculous”.

“I don’t think it needed a red card,” said Aspin.

“I’m going to stick up for my own player - he didn’t even deserve a red card. It was ridiculous.

“The Chester player had hold of him but I’m not even going to have a go about that because he didn’t deserve to get sent off either.

“He had hold of Dale and there was nothing he could do about it and it was a ridiculous decision.”

Neil Young said he discussed the decision with Aspin and said that he was equally as unhappy.

“I’ve had a chat with Neil Aspin about the sending off. Two lads have been grappling all game, they’ve got hold of each other but nobody has thrown a punch or anything like that but the referee has decided he’s got to send them off. Why?

“He’ll make that decision and obviously make a name [for himself]. Two strong lads got hold of eachother, they come away laughing in others faces but the referee sends them off. What’s that all about? Unfortunately most people will come away talking about the officials.”

The teams meet again at the Shay on Tuesday to finally decide who gets a place in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.