Fuming Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington was sent from the dug-out as his men were beaten 2-1 against play-off hopefuls Chelmsford at Priory Lane.
Widdrington was fuming with the officials in the first half when his ‘keeper Danny Potter was clattered during the build-up to the first goal.
Potter was out cold after he collided with Chelmsford’s Max Cornhill and required oxygen to bring him back round. Prolific goal getter Jamie Slabber was on hand to tap in the controversial opener.
Amazingly Potter continued until half-time but was later replaced in goal by midfielder Matt Aldred as there was no reserve ‘keeper on the bench.
Another blow to Borough came when playmaker Chris Shephard was forced off the field with injury after just 10 minutes, he was replaced by Jamie Smith.
Borough were playing well and pressed forward after the break as puddles formed on the pitch due to the heavy rain.
Darren Lok kept his place in the team after a fine display in Billericay ahead of Crawley Town loanee Jonte Smith.
Lok produced another hardworking display and had the ball in the back of the net in the second half but it was correctly ruled-out for offside.
The 81st minute proved too much for Widdrington. The boss, who has been known to sting the ears of officials in the past, was sent from the dugout after Michael Bakare added a second goal in the 81st minute.
Gary Hart did add a late consolation when his cross floated through a crowded box and somehow found itself in the back of the net.
The result dropped Borough down to 16th in the table but are five points above third from bottom AFC Hornchurch who lost 2-1 to basement side Truro. Borough also have two games in hand on Hornchurch.
The Sports return to action on Tuesday night when they welcome Boreham Wood to the Lane.
See Tuesday’s Gazette for full report, reaction and pictures.
Borough: Potter (Gorman 45), Adelsbury, Cole, Hart, Rowe, Watts, Johnson, Aldred, Charles, Lok, Shephard (smith 12).