Biggleswade Town boss Chris Nunn 'laughably' sent off in 3-1 Kettering defeat
PUBLISHED: 14:20 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:20 31 January 2018
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Biggleswade Town boss Chris Nunn was left furious after being 'laughably' sent off as his men were swept aside by rampant leaders Kettering, who earned a 3-1 victory at their Latimer Park fortress.
The Waders were punished for losing focus either side of half time, finding themselves 3-0 down after 49 minutes against the side with the best home record in the top seven tiers of English football, as boss Nunn was sent off for sarcastic applause in added time.
Speaking to Comet Sport, boss Nunn said: “Sending me off was a joke, embarrassing. I clapped in added time after he’d given eight free-kicks their way. Laughable.”
Nunn added he had been ‘gung-ho’ in his set-up for the match, but said that he didn’t regret the attacking line-up.
“In hindsight maybe we should have been bit more cautious but if you’re cautious and you lose you regret not going for it,” he added.
“You just have to take your hat off sometimes. It’s pretty potent what they’ve got there, their attack makes my mouth water just thinking about it.”
Matthew Stevens and Aaron O’Connor netted goals late in the first half for the home side, which were added to by Orrin Pendley after the restart.
Waders substitute and club captain Craig Daniel replied with a 74th-minute strike but it proved only a consolation.
Nunn said: “I said to my boys at half-time, ‘when you’re 2-0 down it’s important not to lose the second half’, and we didn’t, we stood up and fought.
“I was happy when we drew at home with them, but I’m a bad loser, I don’t take it well. I’m never happy when we lose, but I have to try to draw some positives.
“I also have to look at myself, I thought we maybe could have got at their defence more but it’s hard to keep their forward line quiet.
“Our season isn’t defined by games against teams like Kettering. We’ve got to be beating the teams in and around us.”
In that case, Biggleswade will face one of those season-defining games on Saturday, with mid-table Basingstoke Town visiting Langford Road.
Nunn said: “Basingstoke are always a team I expect to be up there as they’re full time. There’s no easy game in the Southern Prem, we’ll make sure we train twice this week and work hard.
“We’re going to be trying to be positive,but we need to be cautious as we’re playing a full-time team, which should never be underestimated.”
Tuesday night will see the very first competitive Biggleswade derby between the green side of the town, as Biggleswade Town meet Biggleswade FC in the Bedfordshire Senior Cup.
Nunn added: “I’m not looking forward to it at all! I’ve had a lot of their lads in my team before and it’s going to be really hard.
“It will be a difficult game to manage in. Sometimes you have to say to a player ‘give him a smash’ and it’ll be hard to do that with some of their players.
“Not one part of me wanted that draw, I’ve got a lot of time for everyone there.”