Alton manager Kevin Adair could be facing a touchline ban – after being sent off eight weeks ago.

Adair was given a red card against Camberley after tempers in the dugout became heated after a clash on the field which left one of the Alton players injured.

The referee claimed Adair had used bad language – but the manager is adamant it was not him.

The Anstey Park dugouts are beneath the cameras which record matches, and Adair is confident that when officials view that, he will be cleared.

He is not sure, though, why it has taken so long. “The letter has arrived after an extended period and I’m not sure why there was a delay, especially as a player who was sent off in the same game was dealt with inside a week,” he said.

Alton travelled to high-riding Jersey on Saturday and the match on the islanders’ artificial pitch was the only one to go ahead in the Combined Counties Premier South.

“It was a good day out spoilt by a game of football!” said Adair after the 2-0 defeat.

“We flew in and out in a day as when we booked the flight England were still in the World Cup, and we wanted to make sure we’d be home for the final.

“No excuses – we had a game plan and carried it out for 74 minutes, then made a mistake which allowed them their first goal and then they added to that.

“Our squad was a little threadbare again, but it seems to be like that for us at the moment. We get good availability in one area, and then struggle in another – and last week it was our attackers. But we have to cope with that.

“We set up really well and the lads carried out everything we asked of them.

“We didn’t go there to dominate but to contain and frustrate and although we didn’t look as if we were going to score, we did look comfortable defending.

“We are on a good run for a team in the middle to bottom half of the table, defending well and not conceding too many goals. We need to start firing at the other end.

“We will have a schedule over Christmas to keep the players ticking along and hopefully when we play Cobham on January 7 we will be ready for it. We hope to have a few people back from injury by then.

“We have had matches for the past two weeks but with all the postponements a lot of teams will have had a lengthy lay-off by the time the league resumes after the break.

“But it’s a shame there are no games over the festive period – when I was playing I used to love playing on Boxing Day or over the new year.”