Oxford City player-manager Justin Merritt has said striker Errol Telemaque will have to learn quickly following his sending off against Paulton Rovers, starting with Saturday's British Gas Business Southern League Division 1 South & West trip to Winchester.

Telemaque received his marching orders just before the break after he retaliated to a late challenge during last Saturday's home clash which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The former Yeading player is likely to be handed a three-match ban, starting with next weekend's clash against Goldalming.

"He was left lying on the ground after a late challenge and got up and over-reacted," said Merritt.

"He then grabbed the other player around the throat and there was a bit of a scuffle. It was handbags really, but when you do that it's a straight red card. The law states that you can't raise your hands to an opponent.

"It's a blow to lose Errol, but he needs to deal with that. But having received eight red cards in my career, I can't really talk!"

City will be without Jon Gardner (ankle), Jermaine McSporran (stomach) and Ricky Allaway (ankle).

Merritt added: "It wasn't a great game, but three points is all that's required. Once we got the first we thought the floodgates would open, but it didn't happen. But we missed a host of chances and their keeper made a couple of good saves."

Oxford City (Winchester, away): from Smith, Saulsbury, Woodruffe, Gunn, Pond, Avery, Jones, Malone, Lyon, Telemaque, Bell, Redknap, Romeo, Davis, Merritt, Rixon.

Our picture shows Oxford City's Errol Telemaque being brought down by Paulton Rovers' Dale Peckham. Seconds later Telemaque was sent off for retaliating to the challenge.