Uppingham Town boss Richard Kendrick says his side may appeal the red card handed out to matchwinner Martin Turiccki on Saturday.
Turiccki was sent off just minutes after scoring the only goal of the game against Leverington forcing Uppingham to play for an hour with just 10 men.
Kendrick was far from impressed by the dismissal and said: “I am really disappointed. He has paid a price for something stupid.”
Turiccki caught his opponent with his foot as went to kick the ball but the Town boss is adamant that his player would not have committed the foul if he had not been pulled back himself. He put the referee’s decision down to the reaction of the visiting side at Tods Piece.
“There was a tussle in the middle and Martin was pulled back as he was about to kick the ball,” said Kendrick.
“I went to the ref at half time and asked if he had seen it and he admitted that he had not so I don’t see how he can make a big decision like that. Martin will now miss three games and face a fine.”
It was blemish on another otherwise excellent day for Uppingham ahead of two cup quarter finals in the space of five days.
Uppingham travel to play Aylestone Park in the Leicestershire League’s Jelson Homes Cup tomorrow evening and then face Moulton Harrow away in the Peterborough League Senior Cup on Saturday.
Kendrick added: “Moulton Harrox are never easy and Aylestone could be the hardest match we face but hopefully we will still be in two cups at the end of the week.”
Uppingham, unbeaten in their last five outings, carry a rich run of form into the cup ties and the Town boss added: “I don’t think we can challenge for top spot - the top six would be good - but if we do our job against the sides above us we could have a say in where the honours go.”
Uppingham: Tom HUbbard, Mark Dimech, Martin Bennett, Jake Norton (Ollie Webb), James Coughlan, Rob Lawtie, Rob Forster (Omae Elkashoty), Jamie Howe (Callum O’Berg), Dave Laughton, Martin Turiccki, Scott Bryan.