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Stamp out costly red cards
QUESTION: What do Matt Breeze, Charlie Reece, Greg Mills, Lee Ayres and Rob Elvins have in common?
Answer: They have all been sent off playing for Worcester City this season.
Red cards have certainly become a feature of Worcester’s matches — there have been three in the last three — and to have clocked up five by mid-October is going some.
Especially when you consider that City only had two players sent off last term and six in the 2010-11 campaign.
‘We’re not a dirty team’ or ‘they’re not that kind of player’ are the stock responses which are often offered when presented with such figures.
I personally think those cliches apply to City this season but, nevertheless, the statistics don’t make happy reading.
Whether the red card is for two yellows, as Elvins’ was last Saturday, or for a late challenge like the one that led to Reece receiving his marching orders at Weston, it will still get you suspended.
City will be without Reece for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Bromley and he will be joined on the sidelines by both Ayres and Elvins at Boston United on October 27.
With a relatively small squad, and ambitions of success, these are bans City can’t afford.
It is easy to criticise the referee, and I have done so before, but five red cards, and 17 bookings in 14 games, suggests more than just not getting the rub of the green.
It would be unfair to say City have a discipline problem but manager Carl Heeley will know the current trend has to stop.