Melee marrs Bishops Castle Town's 3-2 derby win at Clee Hill United in Mercian League Division One (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Melee marrs Bishops Castle Town's 3-2 derby win at Clee Hill United in Mercian League Division One
Clee Hill United 2 Bishops Castle Town 3
BISHOPS Castle boss Andrew Green feared Saturday’s derby would be abandoned after a melee five minutes before the interval.
Green, who played in the match, thought the referee could have dished out a host of red cards after fighting broke out.
“Late tackles were going in and things became a bit heated,” said Green. “Something happened and, suddenly, it all flared up.
“The referee could probably have sent off at least two players on each side and he could have abandoned the match.
"It was a stupid moment and it happens sometimes when passions are running high. It looked ugly.”
Hill boss Wayne Whitbread said: “There was a little bit of silly stuff.
Everyone was wound up for the game and passions were running high.”
Whitbread added: “It was a shame - it was a really good game of football.”
Gaz Bromley bagged a brace, including a superb strike, and Luke Mellor also netted for Castle, who twice let the lead slip in Saturday’s derby.
Green added: “Clee Hill had been on an excellent run and it was brilliant to take the three points.”
Liam Whitbread (penalty) and Ben Salingsby netted for Hill.
Castle are now third in the Mercian League Division One and travel to Dawley this Saturday.
Dave Perks twisted a knee and is unlikely to be available for Clee Hill’s match at Hopesgate United.