gnfc_boy said: The only down point of the afternoon was the red card. My veiw point of it is yes it was a diliberate handball and it prevented a goal in the area. Also yes the ref was following the rules of the game by sending him off. But as its a friendly why could he not be a little leniante have give a yellow? or say to Andy Ford take him off as a substitute?
People may disagree with me on this, but I think, assuming that Proths did handle it (I couldn't really tell, but others thought so), the referee was right to dismiss him. Refs can get in trouble if they don't treat the rules exactly the same in a friendly as in a competitive game, as shown last summer when a referee was punished for not sending Mark Viduka off in a friendly and instead allowing him to be substituted. Also, the rules state that players red carded will serve a suspension in competitive games, and so the red card, far from being meaningless because it was in a friendly, actually has some importance, and so the referee had no choice but to send him off.
As for the game, I was surprised to see just two trialists on show - although presumably Andy thought he would put out a strong side given that this was the hardest of our pre-season friendlies on paper, and will give more trialists a chance against AFC Wimbledon in midweek.
Also, great to see Jacko back in a Fleet shirt!