Lenihan sees red in ref row at Irchester
UCL Division One --- Irchester United 5-1 Huntingdon Town --- TOWN co-manager Al Lenihan was dismissed from the dugout as his side crashed to defeat to Irchester for the second time this season. Lenihan got his marching orders after an exchange of views
UCL Division One ---
Irchester United 5-1 Huntingdon Town ---
TOWN co-manager Al Lenihan was dismissed from the dugout as his side crashed to defeat to Irchester for the second time this season.
Lenihan got his marching orders after an exchange of views with the referee when his side trailed 3-1.
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Irchester were awarded a penalty for a handball, but Lenihan and many of the Town players believed the ball had struck a home forward's hand.
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Co-manager Pat O'Keefe said the inconsistency of the officiating had left Town frustrated.
"We certainly didn't play well at times, but we had just dragged the score back to one down and then we got a poor decision like that. It was followed by two more very poor decisions and that was the spark that saw Al dismissed."
Irchester, under the guidance of former Town boss Darren Young, went two goals up through Paul Caswell strikes on 30 and 40 minutes.
Town rallied after the break and James Edwards pulled one back, but the dubious penalty, converted by Caswell, set Huntingdon back again.
With their two-goal lead restored the Romans looked comfortable and further goals by Chris Caswell and Jamie Gilsenan late in the match only added to Town's woes.
Lenihan could face a possible touchline the league management committee and a possible touch line ban for the flare up.
Town travel to Potton on Saturday. Kick off 3pm.