Boston United defender Stefan Galinski has hit out at claims that he faked an injury in an attempt to get yesterday’s clash at Harrogate Town abandoned.
With the Pilgrims down to seven men, the defender received treatment for a hamstring tweak.
Had he been unable to continue, referee Mark Ackerman would have been forced to scrap the contest at the death, with the hosts leading 4-0.
And as Galinski received tretment he was greeted by a round of boos and catcalls of ‘cheat’ from the home fans.
“I’m never one to fake an injury,” Galinski responded.
“I’ve turned and just felt it at the top of my hamstring.
“I’ve always been taught if you’re ever injured then go down. But it just happened at that certain time, where the game could be abandoned.
“I wouldn’t do that. It’s not me - I’d be embarrassed if I went down and I wasn’t injured. It’s just one of those days and it just happened.”
The former Derby County trainee added: “I was injured and I would hate to think anyone used that against me.
“That’s not me. If I went off and I wasn’t injured I wouldn’t just be ending the game but letting down six of my good friends who I’d leave out there. That’s not me, I couldn’t do that.
“If the (Harrogate) fans think I’m cheating then that’s down to them, but that definitely wasn’t the case. I just felt it at the end.”
United saw both Carl Piergianni and Lewis King sent off within 15 minutes.
And after the Pilgrims had used all three of their allocated substitutions Jamie McGhee was forced to end his day early after being on the receiving end of a rash challenge.
This was followed by Rene Steer being carried from the pitch after injuring himself in a tackle.
Steer was forced to leave Wetherby Road on crutches while Galinski limped out of the stadium in pain, but hopeful he can return to full fitness as cover for Piergianni.
The centre back and keeper King will both serve a one-match suspension during United’s Skrill North clash at Workington on March 8.
Chris Hall (two), Shane Killock and Dominic Rowe were the Harrogate matchwinners.