Lee Hodges: Red card cost Truro City Welling victory

Lee Hodges

Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges has criticised the referee after he was sent off in his side's 4-3 defeat at Welling in the Blue Square Bet South.

Bottom side City were 3-1 up on their second-placed hosts before Hodges was sent off for a professional foul in the 62nd minute of the match.

"Everyone I spoke to on both sides can't believe I got sent off," Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"The only one who felt it was a sending off was the referee."

City went behind after eight minutes when Loui Fazackerley put the home side ahead.

But after a tactical change strike duo Andy Watkins and Kieffer Moore scored three times in six minutes to put City 3-1 up at half time.

Moore equalised after 26 minutes with Watkins doubling the lead a minute later before Moore got the third on 32 minutes.

But after Hodges' sending off for a foul on Ross Lafayette Joe Healy scored the resulting penalty.

Lafayette equalised with seven minutes to go before Anthony Acheampong got the winner in stoppage-time.

"It's the first time in my career I've been sent off and it's hard to take," Hodges said.

"I'm a manager and a player at the same time so I have to be careful with my words.

"But at the end of the day him sending me off for winning the ball has cost us defeat because I felt we would have gone on and won the game.

"He said I was last man and that I took him out, but wherever you were in the ground you would have seen I nicked in there and got the ball first."

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