Manton’s Town future in doubt after stamping red card

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Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor said he will sit down this week to discuss the future of Brad Manton.

The Town player was dismissed on Tuesday night during their 2-1 home defeat against Hythe on Tuesday for a stamping offence.

The scores were locked at 1-1 with 20 minutes to go when second half substitute Manton lost possession.

The Town attacker jumped in the air to avoid Pat Kingwell’s sliding tackle but appeared to drag his studs over the grounded defender as he landed.

Referee Andy Mead had no hesitation in issuing a red card and reduce Town to 10-men.

The visitors took full advantage of their numerical advantage and went on to win the game 2-1.

Bloor said, “I admit I lost my temper after the match. Brad cost us the game, 100 per cent and he has to be big enough to accept that and shoulder the blame.

“You can’t go around stamping on people, it is completely unacceptable and I will not have it at the club.

“He let his team mates, the management, the fans and himself down.

“To be fair to him he did apologise to me after the game but the damage was done.”

Whether or not that was Manton’s last appearance in Town shirt under Bloor’s management is yet to be decided.

Manton’s talent has never been questioned but his discipliary record throughout his career often has.

Bloor added, “I’m not going to make any rash decisions. Brad is a talented boy but sometimes the red mist gets the better of him.

“I will speak with the coaches and I will speak with Brad and we will take it from there.”

Next up for Town is a clash with Corinthian Casuals. The Casuals have had an almost identical start to Town and sit one place behind Town in 12th spot on goal difference.

Both sides have won three and lost three with Town just ahead as they have scored one goal more.

Bloor is expecting a hard fought encounter and has not ruled out the possibility of bringing in another central midfielder to cover his injury-hit midfield.

Scott Kirkwood, who was below his best against Hythe, is suspended following his sending off in the FA Cup at Dulwich Hamlet. Matt Percival remains sidelined with injury along with Steve May and Steve Elliot.

Bloor added, “The balance in central midfield is not quite right at the moment. We are missing players and we might have to bring someone in.

“We do have a few options in the squad so we need to have a look at what’s best for getting a result on Saturday.”