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AGNEW: “Today I saw the most shambolic piece of refereeing I have ever seen!”

Bridlington Town’s interest in this season’s FA Vase ended at the First Round stage with a 3-2 defeat after extra time at Sunderland Ryhope Community Association Football Club (RCA) yesterday afternoon. Playing at the Meadow Park home of the Northern League Division One side – Seasiders’ Manager Brett Agnew, although thrilledby his side’s display, wasn’t enamoured by the officiating, writes Colin Muncie.

The visitors took the lead through Andy Norfolk after 13 minutes, but Sunderland RCAturned the contest on its head with two goals in three minutes around the half hour; a penalty from Colin Larkin (28 minutes) and a second from Nathan O’Neill on 31 to send the hosts 2-1 up heading into the interval.

The 153 crowd saw Jake Day (76 minutes) send the tie into extra time, but Sunderland RCA clinched the win with just five minutes of extra time left – an outcome that the Seasiders’ boss felt was harsh on his players.

Brett told TBG “I thought that we deserved at least a replay from today’s game. We gave away three soft goals but I could not be prouder of the lads’ work ethic and team spirit. I don’t like complaining about officials – as without them there would be no game- but today I saw the most shambolic piece of refereeing I have ever seen. He booked 7 of our players and – one of theirs – and there were only two real bookings in the game. He came over and booked my Assistant and said “enjoy your fine” (laughing as he said it)”.

“Good luck to Sunderland RCA in the next round – we just move on to Barton next week”.

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