MOSSLEY have appealed against the “excessive” length of suspension handed to star striker Mitchell Bryant.

Former Reading youngster Bryant was sent off during a home league game against Kendal Town on September 27, after which there was an altercation between the player and the referee.

The FA has now suspended him until next July. Stunned Lilywhites club secretary Harry Hulmes said: “To say we feel the length of the ban is excessive is an understatement. We have appealed on Mitchell’s behalf.

“It all got a bit heated and Mitchell did push the referee, and as a club we aren’t condoning that action.

“The ban seems over the top when you look at some of the higher-profile incidents in the professional game recently. We’re waiting to read the official reason for a ban of that length. Then we’ll submit our response.”

Bryant has been missed in recent weeks. He joined Mossley in the summer after moving to Swinton and had scored seven goals before the Kendal game.

Joint-manager Peter Band said: “Mitch is absolutely gutted about the ban. He’s a great lad and great player. He’s still training with us and that’s credit to him, so let’s hope we get somewhere with his appeal.”

Meanwhile, Mossley have released recent signing Ross Davidson with Kidsgrove Athletic his likely destination. Ex Port Vale first teamer Davidson made only 3 appearances for the Lilywhites after arriving from Witton Albion in October.