Redhill's weekend fixture at Selsey was lacking in entertainment but earned Reds a valuable point, writes Michael Stewart.
Redhill and Selsey produced a dour midfield battle, which was littered with petulant behaviour and over-the-top tackling, which the referee did little to prevent. He was reluctant to use his cards until the last 20 minutes of the game.
Red's Michael Morgan had first go in the showers when sent off for kicking out at an opponent. He left the field with an eye to match his black mood. It was the result of a punch, missed by the referee, that led to Morgan's retaliatory response. Both sides should have been awarded penalties and this fuelled the frustration of the players.
Typically of Redhill's luck, they had travelled to struggling Selsey with high hopes. But in the week leading up to the game, Selsey had changed manager, Danny Hinshelwood returning in place of Richie Reynolds, who resigned.
The new boss made a total of seven signings and many of the old squad that did so well last season were back in place.
That same squad also received the most bookings over the past two seasons and it seems their attitude still leaves something to be desired.
This Saturday's game at Pagham can only be better than this uneventful game. And then on Easter Monday Redhill visit neighbours and Sussex RUR Cup Winners East Grinstead (KO 11am).
Redhill FC: Kenward, D. Graves, Sherwin, Osborn, Vant, Clark, Morgan, Gillett, Jones, Dearowa, Sinclair. Subs: Jobling, Biggar, A Graves.