Alex Pike has warned Mike Carter over his disciplinary problems.
The Gosport Borough midfielder has been one of the club’s star performers this season, with his impressive form attracting interest from League One outfit Colchester United.
But his red card in the 2-0 FA Trophy defeat to Braintree on Saturday was his second in as many games – and his third dismissal of the season.
And it’s a disciplinary record which may potentially discourage professional clubs who may have been thinking about taking a chance on Carter.
The ex-Sholing man was already facing a two-match ban before his latest sending off but that will now be extended, although the length of his suspension has not yet been confirmed.
He will, however, be available for tonight’s Vanarama Conference South trip to bottom club Staines Town (7.45pm) as Borough attempt to end a two-match losing streak which has seen them finish both games with nine men.
Pike, meanwhile, has had a conversation with midfielder Carter about his conduct, even though many felt his latest red card was not deserved.
The Borough boss said: ‘For Mike to get sent off two games on the trot is somewhat bemusing and annoying.
‘I didn’t get a good view of the incident but people have said it was harsh.
‘But he’s not completely blameless. We’ve had private words about it.
‘The lad has got to get that out of his game.
‘It needs to be controlled aggression.
‘Of course you need that side to your game, especially playing in midfield, but it has to be channelled.
‘Nicky Jennings always used to say “you need fire in the belly but ice in the brain”.
‘But I brought Mike in to replace Jamie Brown who got too many suspensions for us last season and he’s catching him up.
‘Maybe they are playing some sort of game between themselves!
‘I don’t know how many matches we will lose him for but it will be a blow because he’s been excellent for us.’
Meanwhile, new signing and a potential replacement for Carter, Andy Robinson, may now not be available to make his Borough debut after spending a week on trial at Crawley.
The former Southampton man had recently been playing at Dorchester but could yet return to the pro ranks.
Pike said: ‘Crawley wanted to put him on the bench on Saturday so they must be interested in him.
‘But I could end up losing a player before he’s even kicked a ball for me.
‘We need to find out what is happening from Crawley.
‘He is registered to us, although he is on non-contract terms.’
Pike, however, does have a new recruit in the shape of former Swindon defender Curtis Da Costa and has yet to be told when Matt Paterson’s proposed trial at Oxford United will happen.
‘We’re pleased to sign Curtis,’ added Pike.
‘He can play anywhere across the back and will be a useful addition.
‘With Paterson, the chairman hasn’t contacted me to tell me that he isn’t going to be available. So we will carry on as we are until I am told differently.’
Brett Poate, Rory Williams and Andy Forbes are all sidelined with injury again for tonight’s game.
BOROUGH: (from) Ashmore, Molyneaux, Wooden, Carter, Matthews, Pearce, Dunford, Wilde, Smith, Paterson, Bennett, Wort, Ramsey, Saez, Wilde, Benham, Muleba, Robinson, Da Costa