SWINDON SUNDAY LEAGUE: Newman fumes at Trak discipline
6:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Latest News
TRAK FC’s manager Paul Newman complained about his squad’s lack of discipline after two dismissals led to a 5-2 loss against New Century WMC FC in Swindon Sunday League Division One at the weekend, writes CHRISTOPHER PANKS.
Two goals each for Mani Roper and Stewart Fraser ensured that Trak tasted defeat for the first time this season.
Trak began the day joint top of the league with a 100 per cent record and looked well-placed to extend that run when Richie Miles gave them the lead early in the game. However, immediately after taking the lead, Martin Brown’s show of dissent, sarcastically applauding official Paul Boyles’ decision to show him a yellow card, earned him a second before the fifth minute.
Following the dismissal, New Century equalised through Roper’s free-kick. Despite their diminished numbers, Trak’s advantage was restored as Steven Cue scored for the home side but the contest was soon level again as Fraser scored for New Century.
New Century took the lead for the first time as Roper notched his second, before Fraser doubled his tally to put daylight between the sides. Trak lost another player on the hour mark as Billy Sly’s challenge was judged worthy of a straight red.
The scoring was completed by Callum Parsons to hand New Century a 5-2 victory, enough to climb to the top of the table ahead of early leaders AFC Gas, who had a cup fixture.
At full-time Trak boss Newman was furious with his sides’ dismissals.
He said: “I think if it was 11-a-side we’d have given them a good game. It’s a stupid thing to do, to clap the referee’s decision and it happened so early in the game that our plan went out the window.
“It was really tight up to that point and I felt that the referee could have warned Billy before giving him a red, so it seemed a bit harsh.”
Opposite number Ade Roper, whose side remain unbeaten, said: “We’d rather play 11, but they have just pressed the self-destruct button really. We can only beat what’s there and I’m pleased we have ground out a win.
“We’re a good technical side, but sometimes it makes it harder to break down the other team when they’re down to 10 men, because they’re a bit more aware of tactics and positioning.”
Elsewhere in Division One, Taz Adams and Craig Hogg each claimed a hat-trick as Castrol FC boosted their goal difference with a 7-3 win over Inter Sandgate. Castrol boss Jake Henley said: “It was an open game as the scoreline suggests, we attacked really well.”
Rory Sproule’s double helped Greyhound FC to their first victory of the season over Fox & Hounds FC, Greyhound winning 6-2.
The scoring was also high as Wheatsheaf FC claimed their first victory of the season emphatically putting six past The Dolphin FC without reply.
In the Sunday Swindon Football League Knockout Cup, early Division One pacesetters AFC Gas continued their impressive form with a 6-2 victory over Deers Leap. At the other end, Division One’s bottom club Penhill United found more fortune in the Chairman’s Trophy with a morale-boosting 6-0 win against Dynamo Ashton FC.