Loft ‘forearm smash’ went unpunished says Morpeth boss

Shaun Loft
Shaun Loft

Morpeth Town manager Nick Gray is still smarting over their controversial FA Vase defeat to Eastbourne United in the previous round.

Gray believes the outcome would have been different and they might be in the quarter-final if United skipper Shaun Loft had been sent-off in the first minute rather than their man Jordan Fry. Fry was judged to have thrown a punch but Gray said his red card was rescinded by the FA following video evidence. Gray also claimed the video shows United captain Shaun Loft throwing a “forearm smash” into Fry’s face, leaving him with a black eye.

However, as United prepare for their quarter final against Ampthill manager Simon Rowland said, “It’s all hear say. I’ve got no question that they are a very embarrassed side. If they think their player hasn’t punched someone then I want to see proof. They are bad losers, they got beaten by the better team, and if they had concentrated more on the match rather than the referee they might be the ones still in the competition.”