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Hungerford Town Football Club: Crusaders denied a result as Seager is spat at

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Hungerford Town boss Danny Robinson was fuming after his side were denied a result at National League South title-chasers Maidstone United.

Crusaders conceded a hotly-disputed penalty on the stroke of half-time, then had midfielder Duane Ofori-Acheampong harshly sent off for two bookable offences.

And there was more drama after the final whistle when Curtis Angell was sent off for arguing with the officials, before Ryan Seager was spat at and punched by a home 'supporter'.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong was sent off in the Crusaders' last match
Duane Ofori-Acheampong was sent off in the Crusaders' last match

Robinson said: "It wasn't for the faint-hearted.

"I make a point of not criticising the referee, but looking back on the game I think that we were really harshly treated.

"Maidstone are a terrific club with some very good players, but the reason they won the game was because of the referee.

"We had done all the hard work. We had gone 2-0 up from set-pieces then, right on half-time, their striker Jack Barham handled the ball from a free-kick.

"Not one of their players or in the 2,000 crowd appealed, and the referee was the only one in the ground to say that Max Ram had handled it.

"They scored and it was a choker of a decision."

Robinson was also angry about the decision to send off Ofori-Acheampong.

He said: "The first was never a yellow card and the second was very harsh."

As for the incidents after the game, Robinson said: "One of their fans was being abusive to Keith Emmerson, so Ryan stepped in.

"This fan then spat in his face and punched him, all in front of children by the tunnel.

"Maidstone need to do something about it.

"I have no problems with Maidstone or the support they received – the noise was incredible – so for one person to ruin it is not nice and it leaves a sour taste in the mouth."

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