Hereford Head Coach Marc Richards said he can see why forward James Waite was sent off during their 2-2 draw with Leamington, the Hereford Times report.

The teenage forward struck the opening 33rd minute goal before Jack Edwards pulled the visitors level a minute before half-time. Tom Owen-Evans was fouled inside the box a minute later before stepping up and slotting home the penalty to give his side a 2-1 lead at the break.

However, the turning point came on the 61st minute when Waite elbowed his marker while going for a high ball and was given a straight red card by referee Scott Simpson.

The Brakes came back into the tie and when Owen-Evans bundled over the Brakes forward Colby Bishop fired home from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining.

“I really feel for him to be fair, we have just looked at it back and you can see why he has probably given the red,” said Richards speaking about the red card incident.

“It’s not meant any intent or malice at all. He has just jumped and has got his arms in the air and has caught the lad in the face.

“You can see why the referee has given it.”

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