Kern Miller must serve a ban for violent conduct – unless video evidence supports an appeal over his red card.
He looks set to lose his place at the heart of Spalding United’s defence for three games after being dismissed in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Miller claims that match officials told him the sending-off was for elbowing or kicking George Grayson in an off-the-ball incident on 80 minutes.
But he was furious over the decision and protested his innocence.
Manager Chris Rawlinson said: “The assistant referee told me Kern was sent off for pushing and kicking the player as they were running.
“I didn’t see it so who knows whether it was intentional or not?
“Unless there is video evidence, we might just have to accept it to be honest.
“We all felt frustrated by some of the decisions during the second half.
“I thought Bradley Wells was pushed in the build-up to the second goal but the referee waved play on.
“People were getting very frustrated and we ended up becoming ragged.
“We have got the height and ability to deal with set-pieces better than we did when they scored the first goal.
“It was still only 1-0 in the second half when we became too stretched trying to chase the game and they scored again. That second goal kills the game.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Nathan Whitehead will miss the next two games at Witton Albion and Kidsgrove Athletic.
Sam Downey looks set to be back in the squad after being left out at the weekend.
Jonny Lockie played for Boston Town on Saturday as the Tulips had a full-strength squad.
Centre-half Neal Spafford returned from a suspension so he can come into the back four if Miller is banned.