Ryhope CW forward Kyle Davis has been handed a three-game suspension following consecutive red cards in the Northern League.
Davis was sent off in Colliery Welfare’s 4-2 home defeat to Consett AFC on Saturday and he was also sent off the week before in the 3-3 draw at Jarrow Roofing BCA.
FA rules mean that he would have served a one match suspension this weekend against West Auckland Town, but the second sending off means that he will also miss Boxing Day’s derby against Sunderland RCA as well as the trip to Hartlepool United in the Durham Challenge Cup.
Ryhope boss Gary Pearson, said: “It’s going to hamper us, but it gives other people the opportunity to come into the side and find a different way of playing.
“It’ll give Kyle a three-game break to shake himself down, and work out why he’s been getting frustrated because he’s been fantastic.
“If he can go away for three games and find that form again, we’ll be buzzing.”
Pearson believes that Davis, who has 10 goals in all competitions so far this season, has had a key role in Ryhope’s turn in form over the last couple of months, which has moved the Wearside club from the relegation zone into 15th position.
The former Crook Town manager said: “It’s all coming into play with Ziggy (James Ellis) on that left-hand side, it’s a lot of down to Kyle’s position and bringing him into the game.
“His sending off means that we may have to find a Plan ‘B’ and ‘C’ too.”
Davis is scheduled to return from suspension for Ryhope’s first home game of 2017 against Steve Harmison’s Ashington on January, 7.