Worsborough Bridge Athletic edged one further point away from safety at the bottom of Toolstation NCEL Division One after a 2-2 draw with 15th-placed Armthorpe Welfare at Park Road last night- but after seeing his side let a two goal advantage slip, Briggers Manager Lee Morris was clearly infuriated by the officiating, writes Colin Muncie.
Lee himself put his side ahead from the penalty spot after 33 minutes, a lead they held until the interval; and when Kieran Hirst doubled the advantage after 48 minutes, most of the crowd of 44 must have believed that Worsborough were about to take an even bigger step towards Division One survival.; but the visitors roared back through Josh Bucknall (64 mins) and Joshua Dodd’s 86th minute penalty to share to spoils.
Lee told the Bootiful Game “I’m gutted at the moment but when the end of season comes, it maybe a point gained or two points dropped -only time will tell; but the one thing that makes me furious is the standard of referees. I’ve had a pop at them this year and praised them when they’ve been good; but honestly, something needs to be done from the NCEL as the standard is nowhere near good enough for both teams tonight. The referees ask for respect, and then speak to the players like rubbish and laugh in your face. These referees are ruining the game and many have walked away -and many more good people in football will -because of this issue”.
“Either they (the NCEL) need to spend money and get people who have actually played football and encourage them to go into it (refereeing ) or its time to pack in as a League cause this isn’t football anymore” Lee warned. “If you say anything to them you end up fined, or sat in stands or banned from stadiums -which is unfair. If in your day job, you made so many mistakes and were incapable of doing that job, you would be sacked but yet in football they move on and ruin the next game.
“Complete incompetence is the word; and these guys are supposed to get assessed -which makes it even worse”.
Main photograph by Non League Yorkshire.