We were ‘conned’! Marc Newsham believes red cards cost Boston United a place in FA Cup first round

Spencer Weir-Daley can't believe he's been sent off. Photo: Andy Laithwaite.
Spencer Weir-Daley can't believe he's been sent off. Photo: Andy Laithwaite.

Fuming Marc Newsham believes nine-man Boston United were ‘conned’ out of a place in the FA Cup first round.

The Pilgrims looked to be coasting in their clash with Blue Square Bet North rivals Altrincham on Saturday.

But red cards for Ben Fairclough and Spencer Weir-Daley turned the tie on its head.

Fairclough was sent off in the 12th-minute, with United comfortably 1-0 up against the Robins.

Chasing down a loose ball he rashly slid in and crashed into opponent Matt Doughty, referee Adrian Holmes brandishing red.

The second came at the scores deadlocked at 1-1.

Holmes again flashed the red after Jake Moult dropped to the floor following an off-the-ball altercation with Weir-Daley.

And it was this clash which left Newsham enraged.

“The second sending off is a disgrace,” he said.

“Spencer’s not that type of player.

“I’ve seen it, they’ve gone past each other with a few verbals and both put their heads in together. He (Moult) has gone down embarrassingly.”

The Pilgrims striker believes his opponent’s reaction was what saw Weir-Daley dismissed, rather than his action.

“The ref saw that, he saw them both put their heads in,” Newsham added.

“I can’t believe it. He’s conned the referee and that’s ruined the game.”

Mark Jones put United in front, before James Lawrie, Jake Moult and Nicky Clee earned the Robins victory.