McLean keen to clean up Halstead after flurry of cards set to see them fined

Halstead manager Mark McLean. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
Halstead manager Mark McLean. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Halstead Town are set to incur an FA fine following Saturday’s flurry of cards they picked up during their 2-0 defeat at the hands of surprise top-three side Haverhill Borough, writes Russell Claydon.

But the recently-appointed new Humbugs manager, Mark McLean, is determined there will be no repeat performances under his watch.

“Discipline was something I spoke about when I came in and I don’t think all the decisions today were necessarily all bookings or sendings off,” he said, after watching his team deprived of the services of hot-shot striker Shaun Avis in the 37th minute while also piling up a total of five yellow cards throughout the 90 minutes.

“Again, there is a lot of refereeing decisions which are questionable but we have to stand up and accept they have been given against us.

“He was handing them out. We will need to look at everything.

“It is something I do not want to be getting tagged to our name.”

On Avis’ red card, McLean said: “He claims there was a gouge in the face and he was a bit vented up by that and he has left his foot in. I think it is very harsh but I did not see enough of it.”