Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Stocksbridge 1 - 0 Belper Town

Came away from the game very disappointed having seen the team lose to a 92nd minute goal which came from a free-kick that never was. Makes it worse because it was Stocksbridge, not my favourite team.

A poor referee allowed himself to be intimidated by pressure from the Stocksbridge players and manager. In the first half, he was inept with a mix of bad decisions for both teams but as half time approached and as the teams left the field, the Stocksbridge players were in his face and in the second half, nothing was given Belper's way.

So - we slip to 3rd but our destiny is still in our own hands, We have four games in hand on Retford at the top and one in hand on Stocksbridge in 2nd place. My main concern is that we have more games left to play than any other team in the top 6 and they all have to be crammed in over the next 8 weeks or so.

Jasper was limping badly at the end of the game and Jon Hobson told me he has a small ligament tear so is not going to be fit for a short while. I think Mick Harcourt will now be suspended for 1 game after his 5th booking of the season so we are a bit light on defenders.

Now it's on to to Lincoln Utd at home on Saturday. Let's see if the team "bounce back" from this disappointment.

Snapper's take on the game is here (great pics again Tim!);

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