Poppies to appeal Howe’s game-changing red card

Rene Howe holds on to the ball while Dunstable's Jack Hutchinson lies in a heap shortly before the Kettering Town striker was sent off in the 3-1 defeat to Dunstable Town. Pictures by Peter Short
Rene Howe holds on to the ball while Dunstable's Jack Hutchinson lies in a heap shortly before the Kettering Town striker was sent off in the 3-1 defeat to Dunstable Town. Pictures by Peter Short
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Marcus Law says Kettering will appeal Rene Howe’s red card during yesterday’s 3-1 home defeat to high-flying Dunstable Town.

The Poppies were seemingly in control of the game after Wilson Carvalho had given them an early lead at Latimer Park but Howe saw red in the 18th minute after he appeared to elbow Jack Hutchinson as he attempted to retrieve the ball after Kettering had won a throw-in.

Marcus Law says the Poppies will appeal Rene Howe's red card

Marcus Law says the Poppies will appeal Rene Howe's red card

Referee Andrew Dallison immediately dismissed Howe and it proved to be a turning point as Dunstable eventually powered their way to victory, with the aid of three second-half penalties - two of which were scored with the other being saved by Paul White.

But, having watched the footage back after the game, Law was adamant that striker Howe shouldn’t have been given his marching orders.

“The sending-off, we’ll appeal 100 per cent,” the Poppies boss said.

“We have won the throw-in, Rene has gone to clear the ball up and their lad has climbed on his back. Why? Why is he anywhere near the ball?

Lewis Hornby was handed his league debut for Kettering Town in the loss to Dunstable Town

Lewis Hornby was handed his league debut for Kettering Town in the loss to Dunstable Town

“Any person who is going to try to get rid of anyone on their back with the ball in their hands is going to shake. There’s no intent there, he’s just trying to shake someone off the ball.

“Their lad has even had a look at the referee before he’s gone down and that tells you plenty.

“I think the referee has been a bit hasty, especially when you consider that just a few minutes later that if Liam Bateman hadn’t been sharp enough and quick enough, could have possibly been in hospital (following a challenge from David Longe-King).”

Law, meanwhile, felt his team were well in control even with 10 men before a crazy couple of minutes saw Dunstable score twice to take the lead.

“Even 10 or 15 minutes into the second half we were in total control,” he added.

“But they were always going to have a moment in front of goal and we weren’t quick enough to block a cross and their lad has got between our centre-halves.

“Then you just have to shut up shop for five or 10 minutes but then Paul (Malone) has found himself in a recovery position and given away a poor penalty, which he has held his hands up for.

“Other than individual errors, you’d be comfortable with that team performance.

“They have got the third because we are trying to get the equaliser.

“Spencer (Weir-Daley) has had a couple of chances to put us 2-0 up in the first half and then it’s a different story but if we had kept 11 on the field, it would have been different as well.

“Something has gone on somewhere, I’m wondering if someone has run over a black cat.

“But it was good to see the fans showing their support, they could see the players gave everything but circumstances went against us.”