The face of Scarborough Athletic striker Gary Bradshaw will be etched with frustration over the next week.
Boro’s top scorer has been handed a harsh three-match ban for a challenge at Leek on December 28, forcing him to miss Saturday’s trip to Coalville and then the following games at Mickleover and Bedworth.
Bradshaw had been switching into top gear in the past month or so, bagging seven goals since the start of December to take his league tally to 16.
The striker will be in attendance for all three games, though he will be pacing up and down the terraces rather than calmly watching his teammates.
“I hate watching games I should be playing in, you just want to get out there and try to affect things,” he said.
“It is going to be a frustrating time for me because I just want to be playing.
“I thought I had been doing well recently, scoring a fair few goals, and we had been playing well as a team before the blip against Romulus last weekend.
“There is nothing I can do about it though, I just have to accept the sending off and the three-match ban.
“The referee just got carried away in the Leek game when he sent me off. He didn’t even look at the foul on me seconds earlier and the fact that the pitch was slippery.
“I just tried to block the ball and their player caught my foot, because of that I’m banned for three games.”
Bradshaw has been left disheartened by the standard of officiating in Boro’s Evo-Stik South games this season, the striker has been concerned that there has been little protection for him and fellow frontman Ryan Blott.
“We have been kicked all over the park by defenders this season, but as soon as we get stuck in then the yellow card comes out,” Bradshaw added.
“The officials have been poor and they won’t even talk to you during the game, which is a joke.
“People talk about respect for officials, but you have to earn that respect.
“They are there to control the game but too many want to make it all about themselves.
“It was a little different in the Evo-Stik Premier for North Ferriby last season because you could have a bit of banter with refs. Unfortunately there is no way you can do that in this league.”
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