A RAPID RED HAS McCLURE BANNED

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joshua Richards

WY­COMBE striker Matt McClure had ev­ery­one dust­ing off the record books this week fol­low­ing his send­ing off just 70 sec­onds af­ter com­ing on as a sec­ond-half sub in Tues­day’s win over Tran­mere.

The 23-year-old re­placed mid­fielder Sam Saun­ders at Pren­ton Park, but af­ter goal­keeper Matt In­gram had restarted by launch­ing a lofted goal-kick, McClure had re­ceived his march­ing or­ders af­ter just 3.7 sec­onds of ac­tual game time.

Ref Mark Hey­wood judged McClure to have swung an el­bow at Rovers’ Adam Dug­dale and though the Chair­boys launched an ap­peal against the dis­missal this week, the FA up­held his three-match ban.

Boss Gareth Ainsworth said:“I think he’s led with his arm, but he hasn’t meant to el­bow the guy in any way.

“I know Matty McClure well and he would never try and hurt any­one, but I think he’s jumped up and if he has caught him in the mouth with his arm, then it’s a red card.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate. There’s no way Matty would mean to do that so he’s got my back­ing.”

As well as miss­ing yes­ter­day’s trip to Southend, McClure will sit out home matches against Shrews­bury and Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

SENT OFF: Matt McClure

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