Up to sixth in Toolstation NCEL Division One after last night’s battling 1-1 draw at League Leaders Winterton Rangers, Hallam took their point-and a burning sense of injustice- back west along the M18 , as their Management team took aim at the officiating, writes Colin Muncie.
Mitch Husbands put the visitors in front on the stroke of half time in front of the West Street crowd of 100, but Will Peers levelled from the spot for Winterton with around a quarter of an hour left.
Countrymen Joint Manager Stephen Whitehead got right to the point. “The referee and his officials were shambolic” Stephen told TBG. “If I was as bad at my day job I’d have to give it up. Absolutely embarrassing. We have had a stonewall penalty (which their keeper has admitted to it being a penalty) not given and Watto (Keiran Watson) booked for simulation. Then they get given a penalty when Archie (Sneath, Hallam Goalkeeper) has saved a shot, their kid has then run into him and they are awarded a penalty!
“I could keep going and going about stuff he got wrong for both sides but I’d still be here typing in the morning” Stephen added.
“Honestly- the referee needs to have a look at himself and see if he thinks he can still do it at this level”..
Assistant Manager Dean Bamforth was on the same page.” I’m honestly speechless” he told us. “I don’t want to criticise officials but it was the worst I’ve ever seen- and it must be addressed! We’ve had 7 players booked, a red card and a penalty given against us -and there hasn’t been a tackle in the ninety minutes. They (the officials) completely lost the plot for the entire second half, even giving unopposed headers and passes that went out to the other team”.
“It all spoiled a great game” Dean admitted.
“All the best to Rob (Watson, Rangers Manager) and Winterton”.