Ricky Gabriel says he has learned an important lesson from the red card he received at Welling United.

It was a long four weeks for the Braintree Town full-back between a lack of discipline saw him getting sent off at the Wings and making his comback in the 1-0 win against Poole Town last weekend.

He admitted that no football for almost a month was tough to take, but he also recognised the impact that his three-match ban had on the team and felt he had come back a wiser player.

Gabriel said: “I have kept my head all season, but on that day I just lost it. It was a mistake and I regret it.

“I feel I’ve learned from it, though. I know I let the team down that day so I know I have to keep my head in a game and we can push on together.”

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