Poole Town keeper Nick Hutchings admitted he “could not believe” he had been sent off against Havant & Waterlooville.

Dolphins made a successful appeal over the red card brandished to the stopper during their 3-1 defeat to the Hawks last time out. Referee Ian Fissenden confirmed to the Daily Echo that he had dismissed Hutchings for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity after the keeper felled Alfie Rutherford on the edge of the box.

But with Hutchings’ ban rescinded, he is available for selection when Poole host Eastbourne Borough on Saturday (3pm). Giving his take on the dismissal, Hutchings told the Daily Echo: “Once I had seen the footage of what actually happened, I could not believe I got sent off.

“I was very confident it would get overturned. Even at the time I thought he was going to speak to me.

“When he pulled out his book I thought ‘okay, he’s going to give me a booking’. The frustration is we don’t know what would have happened if I had stayed on the pitch.

“It’s like backing a horse and it falls before the end of the race. It’s frustrating because you don’t know what would have happened if it had carried on running.

“We are down at the bottom scrapping for every point and when things like that go against you, it’s tough to take.”

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