LYMINGTON and New Milton and Newport could be in hot water with Hampshire Football Association following their stormy Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final at Fawcett's Field on Thursday.

No fewer than six players were booked for a series of X-rated tackles, while Newport goalkeeper Colin Matthews was sent off following an off-the-ball incident with Linnets striker Leigh Phillips.

But the tie erupted when Linnets boss Derek Binns and his assistant Alan Farrar clashed with a member of the Newport coaching staff as the players left the pitch at half-time.

Binns and Farrar stepped in after the Newport sponge man approached referee Steve Saunders to remonstrate with the official over an incident which had resulted in the Islanders' Leigh Cole being rushed to hospital with a head injury.

And as the three men became involved in an ugly altercation, players from both sides began running back from the tunnel area to calm the situation.

The flashpoint took place in front of watching officials from Hampshire FA and both clubs could face misconduct raps if charged, but an FA spokesman said today: "We are not prepared to comment until we have seen the referee's report."

Linnets quartet Jason Stride, Matt Hussey, Mark Smith and Steve Strong were joined in the referee's notebook by Newport duo Gary Sperry and Steve Tate, while Matthews received his marching orders with 20 minutes remaining.

The mayhem overshadowed a superb performance from the Linnets who triumphed 4-0 with goals from Stuart Hussey (2), Leigh Phillips and Matt Town. Steve Leigh missed a penalty for Newport.