FA VASE: Turner points finger at ref after defeat
SHRIVENHAM boss Dave Turner was left to bemoan a ‘nightmare’ refereeing performance as his side saw two penalty appeals waved away in their 3-0 loss at Brimscombe & Thrupp.
With the hosts 2-0 up minutes before the break the home keeper bundled Shrivvy striker Josh Fowler to the floor after dropping the ball, before Nathan Fowler was knocked over from behind during the second period, with both penalty appeals subsequently waved away.
Turner was unhappy with both decisions and even the Brimscombe bench were quick to accept the referee got things wrong at the final whistle, which only added to the former Wootton Bassett boss’s frustrations.
“The lads did well and I can’t really have any complaints about the performance, but it could have been a different story if we had been given two clear penalties,” he said.
“Their goalkeeper and their dugout told me afterwards that they were clear penalties, so the referee’s had a nightmare because he missed two easy ones to give. You know you’re not looking through rose tinted glasses when the opposition come up to you and say that.
“If we have a penalty before half-time then it’s 2-1 and a completely different game, and then the other one 10 minutes from time could really change it. If it’s not a penalty he has to book the players for diving, the rules are clear, but he didn’t.
“They’re both stonewall penalties, so clear, but the better side won and they deserved it all in all.”
Dave Coleman, Michael Silvanus, Matt Bown and Ryan Wilkinson were all unavailable to Turner at the weekend, but the Shrivvy boss refused to use their absence as an excuse.
“It was difficult circumstances because we had close to half the first-team missing because of work, holidays and other things, and that always makes it hard,” he said.
“You can’t take anything away from them because the better team eventually won, but it’s just frustrating because goals change games, and if we got one things would have been very different.”
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