A point each for Shirebrook Town and Nostell Miners Welfare after a 2-2 draw at Langwith Road this afternoon. Nostell are fifth and Shirebrook twelfth in Toolstation NCEL Division One – but, disappointingly for a League desperate to attract young fans through the gates, it was the referee’s application of the rules as they apply to foul and abusive language which upset Nostell’s Joint Manager, Jason Dodsworth; and let’s hope officials take Jason’s lead and tackle foul language aimed in their direction, writes Colin Muncie.
It was a cracking game. George Simpson put the home side in front on the brink of half-time in front of a fine crowd of 104; but Kane Reece levelled for Welfare after 57 minutes, and Jack Owen nudged the visitors in front after 66 minutes. Not to be outdone, Joe Cheeseman salvaged a point for Shirebrook with fifteen minutes left.
Jason dealt first with his usual balanced summary of the ninety minutes. “We are disappointed not to win the game but we never got started in the first half and conceded on the stroke of half time,” he told us. “We came out in the second half and totally dominated -and got ourselves in front but another really poor goal cost us the three points.”
Although Jason took issue with the subsequent sending’s-off, his main concern was about a consistent approach to foul language, arguing that referees need to be stricter with the abuse they receive from players. “The game went sour when the referee decided to start throwing red cards about for fun and dismissed one of theirs and two of ours: one for a player telling a fan to (expletive deleted).”
“If that’s a red fair enough – but why no punishment when players are telling the ref to (expletive deleted).”