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Wakes manager Middleton unhappy at timing and severity of suspension before club's annual 'away day'

Bourne boss Rob Middleton has been hit with a two-match stadium ban.

The Wakes chief was ordered from the dug-out in January’s United Counties League Division One clash against St Andrews at the JJ Mac Stadium after an ‘outburst’ at an assistant referee.

He received notification on Thursday that his first offence of the season will keep him away from Bourne’s next two matches – away at Sileby Rangers on Saturday and next weekend’s trip to Long Buckby.

Middleton was unhappy at the severity of the ban and the timing of the notification which arrived just two days before Saturday’s match at Sileby where the Wakes are planning to take two coach-loads of players, supporters and club officials on their annual ‘away day.’

Bourne boss Rob Middleton. (7635233)
Bourne boss Rob Middleton. (7635233)

He said: “It’s not just a touchline ban, but a stadium ban which means I can’t be there on Saturday even though it was my first offence of the season.

“If a player had done what I did they would have just got a yellow card. You look at the professional game and, when a manager gets sent from the dug-out, they get a touchline ban.

“We even asked the Lincolnshire FA if they could set it back a week because of all the cost and organisation the club has put into this weekend but they knocked it back and won’t do anything for us.

“This incident happened at the end of January and yet I get the notification about it just two days before a game.

“We’ve got more than 100 supporters going on Saturday on what should be a great day for the club and a good advert for the United Counties League.

“But this leaves us in a position with nobody to take charge of the team and has taken the shine off what should have been a good day for everyone involved with the club.

“We’ll have a meeting at training tonight (Thursday) to try and work something out.”

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