Leiston stopper’s fury at red card in FA Cup defeat to Gloucester City

Leiston (blue shirts) v Gloucester in the FA Cup at Victory Road.
Goal keeper Ashlee Jones walks off

Leiston (blue shirts) v Gloucester in the FA Cup at Victory Road. Goal keeper Ashlee Jones walks off in shock after a straight red card

Leiston stopper Ashlee Jones cut a frustrated and disappointed figure in the Leiston clubhouse after the final whistle.

The former Lowestoft Town goalkeeper received a controversial 25th-minute red card on Saturday as the Blues bowed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Gloucester, losing 3-1.

A game-changing decision, Gloucester duly scored the resultant penalty kick to go 1-0 up and Jones could not hide his annoyance.

“It’s never a red to be honest,” said the ‘keeper.

“I don’t think it was even a penalty.


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“He’s (Gloucester winger Joe Hanks) had a shot, and his momentum has taken him into me.

“He’s missed the shot so it makes no sense.

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“The referee has obviously made a mistake, and everyone makes mistakes.

“It is a big deal because we’re out of the FA Cup and it is what it is.”

Leiston player-assistant Stuart Boardley, the Blues sole goalscorer and man-of-the-match on the day, backed-up his goalkeeper’s views adding: “I think it’s a very debatable one.

“I think you could give a penalty. It’s one of those that’s a 50-50 penalty, but in no way on earth was it a red card.

“The lad had a shot, he’s then collided with Ashlee after the ball, and you can’t give red cards for those sorts of things.”

Boardley continued: “The referee even admitted afterwards that it was probably a yellow card.

“It clearly wasn’t a goalscoring opportunity and to be fair, I think the decision cost us the game.”

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Leiston performed well in front of a big crowd (329) at Victory Road, but couldn’t spring a surprise.

“We had some good chances and I thought in terms of chances – it was a fairly balanced game,” added Boardley.

“We’re pleased with the lads, we can’t fault their effort and endeavour, it was just one of those days.”

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