Lee Bradbury blamed weak refereeing for denying Havant & Waterlooville the chance to record a maiden National League home win on Saturday.

The hosts had to settle for a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Salford City at Westleigh Park. Bradbury, however, is convinced the visitors should have been reduced to 10 men on 75 miunutes.

Dan Lloyd sent Hawks substitute Alfie Rutherford crashing to the floor with a two-handed push right in front of referee Paul Howard. But to the surprise of Bradbury and the majority of spectators, the official booked both players.

The Hawks boss said: “It was the turning point of the game and their lad should have been sent off. He pushed Alfie and – whether it is in the face or the neck – it was with excessive force.

“In anyone’s book it is violent conduct. I can’t believe he didn’t send him off. I am absolutely flabbergasted by it.”

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