Holbeach United manager Tom Roberts had harsh words for Sileby Rangers’ players after seeing his capitalise on two red cards at Carter’s Park.
After Brian Farrell had given the visitors an early lead, Roberts brought on striker Josh Ford at half-time and got the desired response with an almost immediate equaliser.
It was embarrassing to watch and how they can act like that on a football pitch is embarrassing for them and their managerTom Roberts
But then Ford was caught in the thick of a mass brawl which saw Farrell and Michael Byrne both given straight red cards.
Roberts said: “We conceded a sloppy goal in the first half but even at that point, we weren’t threatened and we were comfortable in the game.
“We knew patience would be key and we brought on Ford in the second half to have an immediate impact scoring a great goal.
“If we hadn’t made an individual mistake, we’d have kept a clean sheet.
“In the second half, they lost their discipline in reacting to a tackle by all going in and kicking Ford while he’s on the ground.
“It was embarrassing to watch and how they can act like that on a football pitch is embarrassing for them and their manager (Lee Duffy).
“It was their own fault and I hope they don’t use that as an excuse for losing the game.”
Holbeach were also helped by solid performances from defender Spencer Tinkler and midfielder Aaron Eyett - but Roberts warned that he fully intends to use the wealth of the squad at his disposal.
“We’ve got a good squad here and while some players will be put in and taken out for some good games, some won’t be,” Roberts said.
“We just go game by game and we’ve just got be patient.”
Roberts’ faith in the Tigers’ form was shared by Tinkler who said: “It took us a while to get going over the first 15 to 20 minutes.
“We had a few chances and if we’d have put those away, it would have eased a bit of the pressure on us.
“It took a good goal from Ford to get us level and when the red cards came, it was no game after that.”
Speaking about his goal, Eyett said: “I missed a couple of chances in the first half so I just wanted to get one on target.
“But we were always going to go on and win the game.”