Mark Shaw has lashed out at the physical treatment his players are getting from their NCEL Premier opposition.
Saturday’s clash saw Nostell Miners Welfare take three red cards and six yellows.
A week before that Shaw Lane Aquaforce had two sent off against Tigers, and striker Mitch Husbands is still out injured from a tackle in the Heanor game on 28th March.
Shaw said: “Why are we getting so much harsh treatment?”
“It makes me want to write to the league to ask why we’re getting the hell kicked out of us.”
“We’re trying to play football and we’re getting penalised by the opposition.”
“It’s like everyone hates us because we’re trying to play football.”
“We haven’t got a major wage bill, we don’t give it the big time, we’re a club that’s just survived, we’ve had a fall from grace.”
“But people are lining up to kick us.”
Shaw highlighted incidents in recent games that had angered him, and called it a season-long problem.
“It’s gone from the first game when a player gets sent off for an elbow on Luke Shiels, right up to Nostell where three players have been sent off and it could maybe have been more.”
“The one to take Jono Wafula out was a bad one, the one on Conor Sellars in the corner was a bad one, the one on Mitch Husbands against Heanor, and the one on Jono in that game, the tackle by Cotterill last week.”
“We’re supposed to be playing football.”
“This year we haven’t had muscle pulls, we’ve been dealing with impact injuries.”
By the time Shaw’s men take to the pitch again they’ll have had a two week rest from competitive action.
The manager welcomes the chance to rest and recover.
“A break is going to do us the world of good,” he said.
“We’ve got four good training days, the lads have a team bonding day.”
“We will have a constructive two weeks.”
“We’ve got a lot going for us.”