HAMWORTHY United boss Brendon King was left frustrated during their 0-0 draw with Lymington after an alleged stamping incident saw him banished from the touchline.

King confirmed he was sent from the technical area for “comments made to the officials” after an alleged stamp on Hamworthy's Nick Swann during their Sydenhams Wessex Premier opener at the County Ground.

Substitute Swann, who was initially cautioned for reacting to the incident, was also given a second booking late on and sent off by referee Tony Smith.

Giving his take on the incident, King told the Daily Echo: “When it happened, our players went mad.

“That tells a story in itself so for him to say it wasn’t much of a stamp, I don’t know.

“I don’t really want to get into too much more trouble than I’m going to be. It's just asking for a little bit of consistency.

“Stamping is stamping and it’s a red card offence.”

He added: “I was disappointed with the officials, if I’m honest.

“They have a job to do, I understand that, but it’s frustrating for us.

“We can set up the lads and they can go out, do their best and what we ask of them. When they (the officials) don’t do things right that are in the rules of the game, that’s when it gets frustrating for everyone.

“The linesman was about 10 feet away and you just want them to be a bit brave and honest with you.”

On the game itself, he added: “Lymington are not a bad side, they are direct and physical like we expected. I was happy we kept a clean sheet.

“Overall, I was not downhearted at all, we got a point and it’s something to build on.”

Hammers were also without new signing Nathan Walker due to the birth of his son.

Hamworthy’s next test comes in the FA Cup extra preliminary round when King’s troops host Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Saturday (3pm).

Hammers: Knights, Sullivan, D Randall, Montacute, Clarke, Filkins, Gleeson (Swann, 65), B Walker, Hodge (B Randall, 75), Preston, Ford (Zanin, 65). Unused subs: Phillips, Nicolson.

Elsewhere in Wessex Premier, Bashley kicked off their campaign with a 0-0 draw at promoted Shaftesbury.

Despite the absence of a recognised striker due to pre-season injuries, Bash still looked dangerous in attack with Hugh Dathan and debutant Lewis Ross impressing.

A goal from Sami Makhloufi gave Poppies a 1-0 win in their season opener against Brockenhurst at Victoria Park.

In Wessex One, Ringwood Town went down 5-3 at home against Laverstock & Ford.