Torquay United are poised to appeal against on-loan striker Elliott Romain’s 90th minute sending-off in Saturday’s damaging 1-0 defeat away to Play-Off chasing Dover Athletic.

The Gulls also had fellow loanee Rhys Healey and coach Martin Kuhl dismissed during an increasingly tempestuous second half at the Crabble Ground, where their first defeat in five games saw them slip seven points adrift of National League safety with only five games left. As things stand, Healy and Romain will both miss Tuesday night’s home game against seventh-placed AFC Fylde.

Head coach Gary Owers, who slammed the overall refereeing of Sussex official Carl Brook, was adamant that Healey did not ‘dive’ for his early booking for simulation, and they feel that the Cardiff City striker’s second yellow card was harsh.

Clubs cannot appeal against bookings, but United officials also claim that Romain won the ball before colliding with Dover’s former Gull Giancarlo Gallifuoco, and he did not deserve the straight red card which could see the Dagenham loanee banned for three matches.

Owers described Mr. Brook’s handling of the match as ‘shambolic’ and called his touchline officials ‘arrogant and rude’.

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