HULLBRIDGE Sports boss Darren Manning has been dealt another blow after seeing his stadium ban extended.

The Essex Senior League title chasers’ chief is currently serving a three-match suspension after being sent off in the 4-3 win over Sporting Bengal United in November.

But the former Grays Athletic assistant manager has now seen his ban extended by another two fixtures as punishment for his dismissal during the 2-1 victory at Walthamstow last month.

Manning’s stadium ban began as assistant manager James Wakeling led Sports to a 1-0 triumph against Hoddesdon Town at the weekend.

But Manning is confident that his extended absence from the dugout will not alter how his players apply themselves.

“As expected, the ban has been extended,” said Manning.

“But I’m not too worried as James and the other members of the backroom staff did an outstanding job against Hoddesdon Town on Saturday. I’m sure that will continue.

“We still have the same goals and objectives whether I am at the stadium or not.

“Nothing changes in that regard and it’s business as usual.”

Manning also missed last night’s 5-2 win at Enfield.

The ban means Manning will not be in attendance for Essex Senior League fixtures with Southend Manor and Woodford Town, along with a Tolleshunt D’Arcy Memorial Cup tie at Brightlingsea Regent.