It’s the predicted rip-roaring finish to the promotion race in Toolstation NCEL Division One; no more so than at West Street yesterday, when Winterton Rangers completed their season by scoring twice in the final five minutes to deny ten-man Shirebrook Town a vital three points; and although Town are still mathematically in the hunt for automatic promotion, Manager Rob Camm left Scunthorpe a frustrated figure, writes Colin Muncie.
After a goalless first half in front of the crowd of 84 in Winterton , Alex Varley put Shirebrook in front after 66 minutes, and , inevitably, Kieran Watson doubled the advantage after 70, taking his season’s tally to a mere 51 goals. However, Rangers weren’t to be denied, and now with a man advantage, scored through Eliot Broughton (85) and a Luke Anderson spot kick deep into added time –his 27th of the season-to bring the home side’s campaign to an upbeat close.
Rob Camm was clearly infuriated when he spoke to the Bootiful Game “I’m absolutely gutted we haven’t come away with three points. Going 2-0 up when down to 10 men I thought we deserved to win the game. The referee decided to take centre stage and proceeded to absolutely kill us. I don’t know where he got 5 minutes added time from but to then play 8 extra minutes -and give them a penalty in the last minute of stoppage time- was just unbelievable. He was equally bad for both teams and I’m sure Rob will agree.”
Rob isn’t noted for regular criticism of officials but yesterday was clearly the final straw “We have had some bad ones this season and I’ve never come out blaming others- but honestly!” he told us.”I’ve got lads questioning why they even bother playing with that performance from the officials -and I honestly can’t fault them cause it makes me wonder why we bother”.
“We dug in and performed brilliantly with 10 men -but we have come away feeling robbed”
Shirebrook hit man Kieran Watson provided a similar assessment. “I think we were very poor in the first half and struggled to get going. I hate having to bring them up but the man in the middle really spoiled it for both teams” he explained. “Winterton have a great bunch of lads and the officiating was just as frustrating for them. It was a good comeback for them, but in all honesty I don’t think any player from either side would have enjoyed playing in the game. Our lads were gutted after but we regroup and go again for another big game on Tuesday
Kieran is sympathetic but notes a worrying pattern. “I completely understand how difficult it can be being a referee” he admitted “However, it seems to be a constant trend for many teams now about how poor the officiating is this year.
I believe it would be a really positive move to see it addressed -or them given extra help.
Winterton Manager Rob Watson was really pleased to end his season on something of a high. He told us “We’re delighted with the last minute equaliser- it felt like a win and fitting to end the season. Shirebrook were good all game and made it difficult for us at times. Good luck to them in the Play-Offs- they will be hard to beat. As for the officials today, I felt they sadly ruined the game for both teams. This isn’t the Premier League and they need to understand that. Some big decisions for both teams massively changed the game.”
Rob’s had a decent campaign at the West Street helm “It’s been a good season overall” he summarised “and I’m looking forward to a break”.
“We’ll come back much stronger next season.”