“Not a bad bone in his body!” Boston United boss Greene defends Charley Sanders

Sanders is sent off by ref Anthony Tankard.
Sanders is sent off by ref Anthony Tankard.

Dennis Greene has defended red-card striker Charley Sanders - saying there’s not a bad bone in his body.

The 18-year-old forward was sent off at Stockport County on Saturday after flooring James Tunnicliffe just two minutes after being introduced from the bench.

However, Greene is standing by his man.

He told The Standard: “He came on, he was over enthusistic and he wanted to make sure he did well for the team and that we could win the game.

“He was challenging and I can’t see whether he made connection or not. I don’t know because he was right square on with me and their player was the other side.

“It’s exuberance, he’s not got a bad bone in his body.”

A cynic may suggest Sanders’ elbow is not the best bone in his body.

The forward has previous after earning a straight red card against Harrogate Town last season, also picking up red for a similar infringement against Bradford City in an FA Youth Cup match.

However, Greene is adamant he will stand by his young target man, who will begin a three-match suspension when United host Worcester City on August 31.

He is also ineligible for the matches against Vauxhall Motors and Guiseley.

However, he can turn out this weekend as Boston host Leamington Town on Saturday (KO 3pm) and travel to North Ferriby United on Monday (KO 3pm).

Both sides are newcomers to the Skrill North, having earned promotion last season.

Ferriby have ex-Pilgrims Jamie Yates and Matt Wilson in their squad, as well as Danny Hone, who Boston attempted to sign in the summer.