SEAN JOYCE has admitted he is embarrassed by Bideford's poor disciplinary record.
Rob Farkins was their third player to be sent off this season when he was dismissed during the 1-1 draw at Arlesey Town on Saturday.
And the manager fears a spate of yellow and red cards is detracting from his team's superb start in the Calor League.
Bideford are second in the Premier Division and unbeaten in nine games after a free kick from Richard Groves gave them a point in Bedfordshire.
Farkins, one of six players to be booked, was cautioned for dissent and later dismissed for a late challenge.
"Our discipline is shocking this season," said Joyce. "I can understand a couple of late tackles but some of the bookings have just been childish.
"We are aggressive, we want to play on the front foot and play attacking football but I've been embarrassed by some of the petty things. It takes the shine off our performances and what we are doing."
Steve Oliver, the keeper, can perhaps be excused his red card, for a last-man foul at Chesham United, but Joyce was disappointed with Matt Bye for getting himself sent off with a reckless challenge against Weymouth.
And the manager will not accept players getting into trouble for back-chat to the referee.
"I don't want to be known as a niggly, horrible team," he said. "I don't send my teams out to do that.
"Players getting booked for mouthing is not good enough.
"Players coming up from lower leagues can probably get away with it. They need to grow up and realise this is proper football."
On Saturday, Bideford travel to Yate Town, of Division One South and West, in FA Cup second round qualifying before a home game against Plymouth Argyle in the Devon St Luke's Cup on Tuesday.