There were two red cards as tempers flare with Coalville Town and Boston United players in a huge melee and a fan slapped in the head.
It all over-boiled on the pitch just as the game was coming to an end, with alleged hair pulling led to chaotic few minutes just before the whistle blew for the FA Trophy tie to go to a penalty shootout.
Shockingly, the two group of players clashed, with a video showing pushing and pulling, shoving each other with fists thrown.
The scrap moved closer towards the stands, one fan can be seen with his hands up trying to stop the fight from breaking out into the supporters beside them, then in comes a player, slapping a fan in the head, leading to staff running over to calm the situation down.
Boston said in their match report: “Essien’s foul in stoppage time sparked a melee – with Doyle-Charles pulling the United midfielder’s hair. He was dismissed – and Essien followed, with two cautions (one for the foul and one for retaliation).”
Coalville wrote via their website: “As the game went into stoppage time at the end of the second half both sides were reduced to 10 men. Sam Essien fouled Ashley Carter who reacted to the late challenge. After a melee involving most of the players on the pitch Ravens skipper Joe Doyle-Charles was shown a red card and Essien was shown two yellows followed by a red.”
Tempers flare at Coalville v Boston United in the FA Trophy 👊 pic.twitter.com/CxKvjL0oOr
— dannholla (@dannholla_) November 18, 2023
The game itself saw Jai Rowe have the away side ahead on the 61st minute, only for Coalville’s Elliot Putman to level the scoreline from the penalty spot 13 minutes later.
It was spot kicks that had to settle the game, with Boston netting their first four penalties in the shootout, but then Brad Nicholson and Jordan Richards missed the target, messing up a 4-2 lead to go on and lose 7-6.
Coalville (4-4-2): Paul White; Alex Dean, Herve Pepe-Ngoma, Ashley Carter, Elliot Putman; Terrell Pennant (Wes York 66), Jake Doyle-Charles, Andi Thanoj, Tom McGlinchey; Ashley Chambers, Tim Berridge (Kieran Cook 79). Subs (not used): Jake Hutchings, Luke Shaw, Jake Laban (gk).
Boston (4-3-3): Cameron Gregory; Jai Rowe, Tom Leak, Brad Nicholson, Ethan Sephton; Sam Essien, Jordan Richards, Tom Edge (Martin Woods 88); Dylan Hill (Michael Bostwick 88), Oliver Wilson (Tyler Knowles 35), Keaton Ward. Subs (not used): Will Hall, Ryan Hand, Jake Lovelace (gk).
Referee: Liam Corbett.
Coalville Town win 7-6 on penalties.
— Boston United (@bostonunited) November 18, 2023
Elliot Putman (P) ⚽️ Coalville Town 1 Boston United 1 (Coalville win 7-6 on penalties) ⚽️ 18/11/23 FA Trophy 2nd Round Proper 🏆 The Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium, Coalville. pic.twitter.com/hd5rJea4hx
— dannholla (@dannholla_) November 18, 2023
Twitter users gave their reaction on two red cards as tempers flare with Coalville and Boston players in a huge melee and a fan slapped…
@YouYeltz: Cheap shot from the player to the supporter
@RobertsWBA23: I thought the same lol… the supporter did very well because I would have reacted very differently
@ben_rebs: Bob hat getting a clip 😂
@Saddlersgirl1: Fan gets involved and gets his bobble hat wobbled 😂
@kylefee3: Boy hitting the fan will get about a 10 game ban
@PoshOggers: Shit hit the fan
@HelloX2023: No.3 giving it big man, pushing a woman for literally no reason 🙃
@james1918w: All sparked by a bad challenge by their 25 on our centre back.
@sportsbob2023: Poor guy in the bobble hat got swiped twice !!
@HailtoEngland: Bloke in the bobble hat getting a clip. 😂😂
@karlfev86: No3 pushing old women away 🤣🤣
@JotaBlockMate: Why did he cheap shot the fan. That was out of order
@RColtress: Why did the fan catch a stray LOOOOL
@Jacob_Hearne17: Hahaha 8 seconds in matey in the hat 🤣
@BseaBlue: Supporter has done really well to keep his cool here. I’d imagine the FA will throw the book at the player for that.
@Kynan3: LOL no8 throwing slaps at innocent fans..
@charliebufc: Bostwick looked like he was about to lamp the lot of them. 😂
@hangover1990: Lol fan gets slapped round the head for no real reason by a player.
@conorharvey99: Big hard lad slapping the fan knowing he can do nothing back 🥴
@Stuart_Oz: Hope he got a refund, or at least a free pint
That supporter with the bobble hat on… pic.twitter.com/7bmg9txhR5
— Football Tipster (@Footy_Tipster) November 19, 2023