Mac fury as flying elbow breaks skipper Rico’s nose

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Hailsham Town boss Kenny McCreadie was livid following an off-the-ball incident that left his captain Paul Richardson with a broken nose.

Centre-back Richardson was elbowed during the Stringers weekend defeat to Three Bridges, and McCreadie is furious that the player responsible got away with just a yellow card.

He said, “The referee saw the incident but he bottled it. If he’d have done his job, he would have sent him off. The standard of refereeing all season for me has been very very poor. Saying that, some of our football hasn’t been very good either.

“At the end of the day it’s the same for both teams, you get what you’re given and you just have to get on with it.”

Richardson could now miss the start of a tricky run of games for Hailsham, with four home matches in eleven days taking the Stringers up to the end of season.

This run began with the visit of champions-elect Crawley Down last night (see next week’s Gazette for match report) before games against Ringmer, Selsey and Eastbourne United.

Despite the hectic schedule, McCreadie still thinks his team can finish strongly.

He said, “I don’t know how the run of games will affect the players.

“I’ve targeted nine points from a possible 12 though, and if we play to our best then there’s no reason why we can’t get them.”