Maidstone United captain Shaun Welford to miss club's biggest game of season through sending-off
By Craig Tucker
Maidstone captain Shaun Welford has
apologised for a moment of madness that means he will miss the
club’s biggest game of the season.
Welford (pictured) was sent off for
violent conduct during United’s 2-0 win over Herne Bay last
weekend. A three-match ban starts on Saturday, December 15, ruling
him out of the FA Trophy second-round tie at Halifax.
Stones boss Jay Saunders said: "Shaun
was stupid, it was a moment of madness. He apologised straight
after the game but he should know better than to throw an elbow,
even if he was being pulled back.
"He’s our captain and he wants to play
every week but he’ll miss three games, including Halifax, which
he’s gutted about.
"Luckily for him, his team-mates dug
him out of a hole and still won the game last week."
Welford is available for Ryman League
Division 1 South matches at Leatherhead on Saturday and Three
Bridges on Tuesday before starting his suspension.
Strike partner Stuart King will be
looking for his first United goal at Leatherhead after a promising
debut against Bay.
Graeme Andrews (hamstring) and Ben
Davisson (foot) are ruled out while Ian Draycott (ankle) remains
doubtful for the match against in-form Leatherhead.
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