Craig Elliott gave his Boston United side full marks for their fighting spirit – but was left baffled as opponents Kidderminster Harriers didn’t end their FA Trophy tie with ten men.

Late goals from Adam Curry and Kabongo Tshiumanga saw the hosts cancel out strikes from Andre Brown and Joe Ironside to force a replay at Aggborough on Tuesday night. However, a flashpoint which saw Harriers keeper Brandon Hall shove Reece Thompson in the face with the ball still in play left many confused as to why he was allowed to remainin the game.

Referee Declan Bourne had a full view of the incident and bizarrely decided to book both players and award the away side a free kick.

“I think the keeper could have been sent off,” Elliott said. “I thought he raised his hand, and if you raise your hand you get sent off.

“That’s for referees to sort out but I’m not sure on his decision.”

Discussing his side’s response to Kidderminster taking a deserved 2-0 lead, Elliott added: “I can’t praise them enough.”

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