Ducks boss slams ref as nine-man United lose to Dunstable

Tony Joyce
Tony Joyce

Aylesbury United boss Tony Joyce says the referee in their game against Dunstable was ‘out of his depth’ after he sent off two Ducks players in the 3-1 defeat.

Two sending offs on a controversial afternoon came after a bright start for Joyce’s side which saw top scorer Stacey Field give them a 13th minute lead against their fellow promoted side.

Town levelled just before the break when ex-Duck Chris Marsh’s free kick seemed to go all the way in, although Lee Roache might have got the slightest of touches. Things continued to go wrong after the break as Nathan Frater put Dunstable ahead, before United’s Richard Armstrong and then Jack Wood were sent off within three minutes of each other.

On the hour mark Armstrong was shown a straight red card for crashing into a Dunstable player which sparked visiting players and bench in the aftermath sparked a fracas which took some time to settle.

Just three minutes later and Jack Wood was following Armstrong to the dressing rooms, this time for a far less clear cut offence as Frater went tumbling and the referee deemed Wood the man nearest the incident.

Joyce pulled no punches in his assessment of the man in the middle’s performance.

“The referee was out of his depth,” Joyce said.

“Some of Dunstable players were trying to intimidate the ref and there were some over exaggerated tackles and fouls.

“Richard’s (sending off) was a bit harsh and I couldn’t understand Jack’s because he was asking the ref a question and got a second yellow card.”

Aylesbury were forced to see out the remaining time in damage limitation mode, and Adam Watkins added a third for Dunstable on a disappointing afternoon.

The Ducks, now 13th in the Calor Southern League Division One Central, have a full week to recover before another tough fixture against league leaders Barton Rovers.