When you’re on the wrong end of a 7-goal thriller – the decider coming from a contentious penalty award moments before the end – it’s safe to say that the man in the middle might be in for some criticism.
Hall Raod arrived at Liversedge for their league cup game on the back of news that they had been deducted 12 points in the NCELPremier Division which in turn meant they dropped into the relegation zone.
And their day got off to a bad start as Sedge opened the scoring within 60 seconds through Joe Walton. The game turned on it’s head though as Rangers netted twice in two minutes to lead.
Liversedge equalised just before the break but once again Rangers led moments after half-time. In this typical topsy turvy game, Sedge equalised once more mid-way through the second-half. The drama didn’t end their as 8 minutes from time the referee awarded Liversedge a penalty which Brandon Kane tucked away sending them through to the next round.
Rangers boss Gill commented, “It seems like the last couple of months we have had no luck whatsoever and only excuses however in recent games the performance levels have risen there’s a good dressing room and progress has been made / we are very close to getting another result like the Harrogate game so it’s challenging but also rewarding to see things coming together again after a tough ride in recent months.
“Today’s game shows how dangerous we are going forward it’s just going back the other way at the moment that we need to work on and develop which we have identified will be addressing in the coming weeks.
“Full respect to Jonathan Rimmington and the team today they won the game however I’m sure they will agree today was another game with very poor officiating / a linesman has allowed play to carrying on today when he was 3m away from the line of play and the lad was clearly off side. And right at the end the referee for me spoilt the game with a penalty decision that was so wrong in many ways.
“However we move on and look forward to Maltby next week at Haworth.”