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Tenbury United 0 Bartestree: United trio see red in nine-goul rout
Tenbury goalkeeper Sean Baldwin makes a flying save in Saturday’s hammering. 124361-18. By Keith Gluyas
MANAGER Colin Powell admits he could be scratching around for players after three of his leading men were redcarded in the first-half of Saturday’s drubbing.
Mike Foster, Gavin Podmore and Aaron Morris were dismissed by referee Barry Priest in a remarkable opening 45 minutes in the West Midlands League Division Two.
“I have been involved in men’s football since I was 16 and I’ve never played in a game where three lads from the same team were sent off in the first-half,”
said the experienced Powell.
“We have to dust ourselves down and we’ve got a few suspensions coming up now so it’s going to be tricky to field a side,” he said.
United are 10th in the division and travel to struggling Ettingshall Park Farm this Saturday.
Barestree were already 1-0 ahead when play-maker Foster was given his marching orders for an 11th-minute challenge on Tom Davies. And Tenbury were reduced to nine men when Podmore was sent-off for a professional foul in the 42nd minute.
But it got worse for the hosts second later when Aaron Morris was red-carded for a late challenge on the edge of his own box.
Powell said: “I thought Fozzy went for a 50/50 ball and I think it was a yellow card offence – not a red.
“Poddy said he got the got the ball and then took the player down afterwards but the third one with Aaron was a definite red card. He took down the player quite late.”
Mark Langford had a memorable afternoon for Bartestree, scoring four times, while his brother Miles and defender Mark Avery both bagged braces.
Danny Hill also scored for fourth-placed Bartestree, who led just 2-0 at the interval but took full advantage of gaping holes in United defence’s to hit four goals in the final 13 minutes at Palmer’s Meadow.
Tenth-placed Tenbury rarely got out of their half after the break but Nicky Stocker almost reduced the deficit when his 71stminute free-kick rattled the bar.
Powell said: “I think we did quite well to keep the score down to single figures. I told the players to go out in the second-half and have some fun.
“It’s very difficult when you’re three men down. It was a damage limitation job in the second-half.
“We had three-on-one situations at the back at times but I am too long in the tooth to worry too much about these things.”