PICKERING Town manager Jimmy Reid expressed his frustration at referee Alan Marshall after Saturday’s 4-2 NCEL Premier defeat at home to Long Eaton United.
Reid felt that Long Eaton were possibly the better team, but the match official certainly didn’t make it easy for his team.
The Pikes took an early lead through Steve Baxter, but Long Eaton came charging back to move 3-1 ahead.
Liam Salt trimmed the lead back to 3-2 with his 11th goal in nine games, but a controversial late penalty killed off any Pickering hopes.
Reid said: “They probably deserved the win because they possibly edged it. We had 12 chances and scored two, while they had seven and took four. Sometimes it just doesn’t go for you.
“I’m not one to talk a lot about referees, but that one on Saturday certainly didn’t help us.
“He made a lot of strange decisions, which included booking four of our players for nothing in the last 10 minutes.
“He also gave them a penalty when he had earlier said that it was an indirect free-kick on the edge of the box.
“I think part of the problem was the fact that he had two assessors watching him. It is all history now, but it winds you up at the time.”
Pickering welcomed Joel Ramm back into the squad after his return from Scarborough Athletic and he made an appearance from the bench after an injury to Tom Reid.
The Pickering boss added: “We signed Joel on the Friday night and we are delighted to have him back.
“He went away to try his luck with Scarborough Athletic and it didn’t work out, but it comes as a boost to us because he is a good lad.”