Monday 03rd October 2005

Justice was done, insists Brickies boss


Sittingbourne striker Mark Lovell and club secretary John Pitts have tonight successfully put the case for overturning the 22-year-old's red card he received in a pre-season friendly at Erith & Belvedere back in August, writes Stephen McCartney.

The Kent County Football Association agreed that the punishment should be downgraded to a caution meaning the player does not receive any ban.

If the offence had stood, the former Gillingham striker could have been suspended for up to 35-days.

With nine goals already this season, the hardworking striker will now be able to lead the line at Stamford on Saturday, and against local rivals, Chatham Town in their FA Trophy tie at Bourne Park the following weekend.

Brickies boss Steve Lovell told www.kentishfootball.co.uk in an EXCLUSIVE interview: "I am very pleased for Mark because he didn't do anything in the game to warrant a red card so justice was done and I'm pleased the people at the KCFA took it the same way."

Looking ahead to their trip to Stamford on Saturday, which kick's off at 3pm - an hour before England's game against Austria - the Welshman explained why they turned down the home side's request for an earlier kick off.

"They wanted it earlier because of the England game, but because our players aren't bothered about watching the game they said they would rather play football at 3pm, which I am pleased.

"Hopefully I will have a near enough strongish squad to pick from."

Stamford v Sittingbourne
Southern League Division One East
Saturday 8th October 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm