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Milligan blames “horrendous” officiating decision which saw Rossington fall to defeat

The Duncan Milligan era at Rossington Main has not got off to the best of starts, claiming just a solidarity point from his first two games in charge after their 3-1 loss last night to Dronfield Town – but Milligan is convinced they will continued to improve.

Rossington initially took the lead through James Milner (24th minute). Dronfield equalised just before the break (Richard Mintoft – 44th minute), then a Chris Savage brace (50th minute and 83rd minute) put the game to bed.

“Fair play to Dronfield they executed their game plan and were successful in getting the points”, Milligan said. “I felt we started the game brightly and when we were on song we created some eye catching football which was seen in the opening goal.

“Unfortunately conceding another 44th minute equaliser (twice in two opening games) changes the attitude going into the half time team talk and this is something we will need to address going forward.

“Unfortunately in the second half it must be said a horrendous assistant official decision has changed the outcome of the game. I really hate to criticise officials as we all appreciate the effort and commitment that goes into their roles, however when the main match official is warning players before the kick off on her opinion of an assistant official, then for the mentioned official to be involved in such a pivotal moment of the fixture, it is gut wrenching for the players and club!

“Going forward we must work hard in training, focus on some aspects of the game where we are proving to be naive at the moment and I’m sure we will continue to improve.”

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