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Lee HuntTHERE was a war of words after the north Wales coast derby between Prestatyn and Rhyl ended goal-less at Bastion Road on Boxing Day.
Lilywhites' boss Greg Strong accused Prestatyn’s players of over-reacting and trying to influence the referee in a game which saw Rhyl striker Lee Hunt (pictured) sent off just before half time.
But the Seasiders' player-manager Neil Gibson was adamant that Hunt got what he deserved and felt Strong’s comments were below the belt.
The Rhyl striker was red-carded by referee Mark Petch for swinging a retaliatory arm at Prestatyn defender Dave Hayes, who had put in a strong challenge and Strong told the Daily Post: "I didn’t see it, but from what I’ve been told Lee Hunt was hit from behind first, but nothing was done about that.
"It’s disappointing when fellow semi-professionals run to the referee complaining every time a challenge is made as Prestatyn’s players did. It’s something I’ve never done or condoned."
Gibson replied: "I don’t think you can argue with a sending-off when a player raises his hand to an opponent.
"Naturally if you see your team-mates being wronged you are not going to stand back and watch and are going to say something, but I’m not going to get into criticising other teams, to do so shows a lack of class.
"I’ve got nothing against Rhyl whatsoever and don’t feel there’s any need for any grudges to spill over from this."