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Lilywhites fear FA fine
Thursday 2nd January 2014 @ 14:35 by Lisa B

The threat of a £1,000 FA fine for poor discipline is hanging over Mossley after centre-back Charlie Anderson received the club’s 10th red card of the season on Saturday against Padiham.

Anderson, son of the former Manchester United and England defender Viv, raced up the pitch to become involved in a first-half free-for-all in which Padiham’s Louis Mayers was also sent off.

The sending off came seven days after co-manager Peter Band and Kyle McGonigle were shown red cards at Kendal Town. McGonigle now faces a four-match ban only a month after completing a seven-game suspension for two sendings-off in September.

In addition to the bans awaiting McGonigle and Anderson, midfielder Andy Keogh was expected to join Nantwich Town as Reporter Sport went to press.

When the co-manager finally emerged from the Seel Park dressing room on Saturday, more than an hour after the final whistle, he was clearly angered by the ongoing indiscipline within his squad.

Band said: “I accept that I got into trouble at Kendal, but the players have got to learn how to behave. Charlie Anderson really should know better than to run virtually the length of the pitch to get involved in an incident.

“Kyle and Charlie will be missing for big games over Christmas. They have to realise they are not just hurting themselves, they are hurting their team-mates. There’s also a fine hanging over us and to pay it we’ll have to use money that would be better spent in running the club and strengthening the team.

“It’s all very well complaining about refereeing decisions, but the players have got to control themselves, because otherwise we are going to be down to the bare bones.

“Louis Horne is having some problems and we expect Andy to leave. Add that to Charlie and Kyle being banned and we’ve lost the spine of the team.”

However, Band denied there had been any post-match inquest into Saturday’s 1-0 defeat, adding: “The lads put their bodies on the line again today so an inquest would only have meant going over old ground.

“There was no point in having a go at the team.

“They tried their best, but it just didn’t come off so we go again at Farsley.”

Band has proved unsuccessful in tempting striker Wes Bancroft and midfielder Danny Grimshaw to Seel Park.

Grimshaw has chosen to stay at New Mills, while Bancroft has chosen to move there from Salford City.