MANAGER Alex Pike and skipper Dave Birmingham both saw red after a controversial goal saw Gosport Borough beaten 3-2 at Wimborne Town in the Southern League south & west division.
Borough felt defender Dean Arnold was clearly pushed before Wimborne grabbed their winner.
Furious Gosport manager Alex Pike was sent to the stands by the referee and captain Michael Birmingham carried on his protests after the game to earn a red card.
‘It was a shame it was soured by that incident because it was a good game,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.
‘We deserved to get something out of the game and it is frustrating.
‘It was a blatant foul and an unbelievable decision by the official.
‘The important thing is to regroup and go again because we are going through a sticky patch.’
Playing with the wind and slope in the first half, Tom Price gave Borough a half-time lead.
The striker got in on the right and clipped the ball over the goalkeeper into the far corner.
Wimborne came out at the start of the second half and rocked Borough as they found the net twice in an emphatic 10-minute spell.
Price again dragged Borough back level with a well-placed header before the home side grabbed their winner.
‘Their player clearly pushed our defender in the back with two hands as he went to head the ball away, ‘ said Catlin
‘They were then able to bundle the ball over the goal-line.
‘It is hard to be critical because the players deserved more.’