Tadcaster Albion’s Jonathan Greening pleaded his innocence after seeing red for elbowing an opponent just four minutes into Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Worksop Town.
Greening’s early departure heralded the start of a difficult afternoon for Paul Marshall’s side as Worksop went into half time with a two goal and one man advantage.
However, Marshall was quick to praise his team’s determination to salvage a point thanks to a 96th minute equaliser from Andy Milne after Josh Greening had scored on the hour mark.
Greening’s dismissal was the first in a series of highly-charged incidents throughout the match, culminating in a eight-minute stoppage in play in the second half.
Objects were thrown at Albion’s Peter Lawrie before Worksop’s captain, manager and stewards managed to calm tensions in the stands.
Marshall said: “Jonathan said that he did not touch the player but the ref said it was an elbow.
“He was adamant that he had not elbowed him. Greening is going to miss three games now but his sending off helped us to get a point as it spurred on the determination shown by our ten men.
“There is a lot of passion at Worksop and they made it very uncomfortable for a lot of our players and supporters during the game and it was a bit of a hostile environment.
“There were things being thrown at Peter and he was getting a bit concerned by it. It was a little bit too much at points and they were certainly not happy when we equalised.
“It didn’t put a dampener on the day as everybody wants to beat us and their crowd were playing their part. But it was a brilliant day and result.”
Despite the ugly scenes on and off the pitch, Marshall was keen to praise Worksop’s players and management for their handling of the situation.
The result brings to an end Albion’s 11 game winning run after Marshall’s side beat Selby Town 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday (November 26) to reach the semi-finals of the West Riding County Cup.
Marshall’s side will face either Bradford Park Avenue or Farsley AFC on February 7 after their FA Vase third round clash against St Helens Town on Saturday.
He said: “The semi-final is something to look forward to and it’s hard getting through a derby, but I’m more looking forward to Saturday’s game.
“I wanted a home draw but you get what you are given in the Vase. We are quite confident of getting a positive result, either getting the win or bringing them back here.
“Our keeper watched them at the weekend and he will give us the full report on them so we have done our homework.”