MORDA United manager Mike O’Reilly insisted his team did not have a discipline problem despite ending last week’s Salop Shropshire Premier League clash at Whitchurch Alport 1946 with just eight players.

Three players saw red in a 1-0 defeat at Yockings Park but O’Reilly insisted his team had been harshly treated.

He said: “It was a bizarre game where we dominated the game with 11,10, nine and eight players. We missed a host of clear chances and that’s been our downfall the last few weeks.

“People seeing us having three players sent off might see it as a discipline issue but they were all for tackles and two were never red cards.”


The Yellows boss insisted their season had petered out due to a lack of cutting edge on attack since top goalscorer Karl Bailey was ruled out for the season through injury.

“We are struggling at the moment and it’s all down to not finishing our chances,” he said.

“It’s been hard work since Karl went down injured and we’re going to struggle a lot more with the difficult fixtures coming up but we’ll try and find a way of picking up some more points between now and the end of the season.

“On Saturday we face Haughmond who are probably the best footballing team in the league so it doesn’t get any easier and with five players suspended and a few injuries we’re going to have our work cut out.”

St Martins manager Daryl Davies backed his players to shake themselves out of their current rut.

The Saints face Whitchurch Alport 1946 on Saturday before facing a derby at home to Morda United.

Davies said: “We have two tough fixtures coming up, first Whitchurch away then followed by Morda at home. 

“Despite Saturday’s result the performance was pleasing and much improvement on previous weeks. The lads are desperate to get out of this rut and fingers crossed we can pick up some points this week.”