By Jonathan Nagioff (@jonathannagioff)
Poole Town manager Tom Killick believes that the performance of the referee cost his side in the 3-1 defeat to Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday.
Killick launched a scathing attack on referee Ian Fissenden, following his controversial decision to send off Dolphins goalkeeper Nick Hutchings 20 minutes into the game at Black Gold Stadium.
Fissenden handed out 8 yellow cards in a fiercely contested match between promotion seekers Havant and their Dorset counterparts.
The boss told the Bournemouth Rock, “Everyone in the ground knows it’s not a red card.
“The referee was really over excited in the first half.
“He’s throwing yellow cards round like confetti. He’s making decisions that are causing absolute bewilderment and disbelief amongst both sets of players and it made it a difficult afternoon to cope with bizarre decisions all the time.”
Hutchings raced out of his goal to halt the advancing run of Hawks forward Alfie Rutherford, but the referee adjudged him to have fouled the striker and gave him his marching orders.
The resulting free kick was powerfully struck home by Rory Williams to give the Hawks the lead, seconds after deputy keeper Tom Rees was rushed on in place of Jez Bedford.
The Dolphins levelled just before the interval through Warren Bentley’s penalty, but the extra man proved pivotal with Havant scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to secure all three points.
Despite the defeat, Killick was pleased with his side’s efforts in the second period.
He continued, “I was really pleased with the way we defended and the spirit and determination we showed in the second half.
“I thought the first half we were more than competitive. I thought we had the better of the first half.
“The only thing that slightly disappointed me is that we didn’t pose any real threat from an attacking point of view other than right at the end when we went 2-1 down.
“We needed to keep them on their toes by being a threat on the counter or from set pieces.
“We didn’t really achieve any of that. It was just constant defending and you did feel that as long as the game was played out in that fashion, it was probably going to be unlikely that we would be able to hold out and that’s how it proved.”
Killick was unable to discuss his objections with the referee after the game but remains hopeful that his performance will be reviewed by the league’s governing body.
“We’re just frustrated because it’s huge incompetence in terms of decisions that were made, and we’ve paid an unbelievably severe penalty.”
“I think everyone knows that the outcome of this game was decided by the referee not our players. It wasn’t a poor performance from us. We can’t control the referee and hopefully the appropriate action will be taken against the referee by the powers that be in terms of how he officiated the game.”