THE NEW PLAYING SURFACE AT WODSON PARK
Match played on Wednesday 19th September
Bostik League Development North Division
AYO ODUKOYA HAT-TRICK HELPS BOWERS TO THREE POINTS
Bowers and Pitsea u23s won an entertaining game against Ware u23s with 20 year old former Tilbury and Thamesmead Town striker Ayo Odukoya capping an amazing few days for himself by scoring a hat-trick. He had also scored the winning goals for Enfield 1893 FC in their FA Vase game at Hadley on Saturday and their home Essex Senior League game against Takeley 24 hours prior to this game.
The final score was 2-4 with the main talking point being Bower's Danny Kiely receiving a red card for a challenge made in the second half which has now been viewed on social media over 6000 times and has divided opinion amongst many football fans. Not bad for a game watched by just 22 people! Here are some of the comments which have been made with highlights of the game and the red card decision - have a look and see what you think.
Ware's goals were scored by former Hereford United and Bedford Town midfielder Josh Oyibo and Harley Haag who has played for St Margaretsbury and Enfield Town. Former Grays Athletic, Brentwood Town and Enfield Town goalkeeper was making his debut for Ware between the sticks.
Mekhi Hyde, 17, who has been on the books at Dagenham and Redbridge scored Bowers & Pitsea's other goal.
"Not even sure if it’s a yellow! Touch mistimed and from the side, foul yes, red no"
"Overstretched to try & win the ball, which he is entitled to do. Never a card, let alone a red one.
Free-kick for not winning the ball would have been the sensible decision"
"Tackle from behind/side, left the ground was he in control or was it reckless? defo a yellow at worse never a red for me..."
"The ref's given it cos the player's boot went at the ball studs first. I don't think there was intent, he wasn't out of control and there was no malice. He has got the other bloke though as he's tried not to lose the ball. I can understand the red but would have given a yellow."
"You leave the floor when launching into a tackle then the referee is obliged to issue a card and probably a red one."
"Red not because I think it’s a red but because watch the leading leg he makes the tackle with it’s raised its high and that’s the way the game has gone"
"Couldn’t complain at a yellow but red seems harsh. Could *possibly* have looked worse from the ref’s angle on the one chance he gets to see it, not knowing it’s about to happen"
"Red for me endangered safety of an opponent. Studs showing"
RED CARD DECISION
**UPDATE - WEDNESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER**
Bowers and Pitsea appealed the decision to the Essex County FA which was dismissed and the red card stands.