Handsworth Parramore eased into the fourth round of the NCEL League Cup last night after a fine 4-0 win at Athersley Recreation –and although Parras Manager Jas Colliver was delighted by his side’s display, he was less enthralled by some of the treatment his players received during a hard-fought win, writes Colin Muncie.
Parras were three up at the break through Jonathan Hill (9 minutes), Jed Phillips (11) and Courey Grantham (24) in front of a crowd of 76 at Sheerien Park. Hill sealed the win with his second on 68 minutes.
Jas told the Bootiful Game “I felt all night we played some exciting football and scored four good goals. Going away to Athersley is a battle; we lost the battle there in December so I told the lads we weren’t losing it again tonight! The lads produced a fantastic performance however I was disappointed by how the game management of the officials panned out , in particular that one of our players has been kicked , pushed , slapped throughout the game which went ”unnoticed “and finally he was stamped on … in full view of 2 officials … the result a yellow card ! Where is the protection and respect to the players welfare not to mention the management ? I could go on but I’m sure would only end up in trouble!”
Parras were themselves reduced to ten men, and Jas had no argument with the referee’s verdict “Our lad received a red card for a clash which, in my opinion, the officials were right with the outcome” Jas explained “In the end he’s apologised for the challenge, there was no intent- just an error of judgement when going up to win a committed header by two players”.
“We looked together, sharp, confident and hungry” Jas added “We will have Thursday off from training and recharge for Saturday’s fixture against title favourites Pontefract Collieries”.
Main photograph by Ken Allesbrook.