Neil Marshall column: Poor referee did not help us

Ryan Elderton had to be substituted following a head injury.

Ryan Elderton had to be substituted following a head injury.

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I don’t like to blame the referee but he certainly didn’t help us on Saturday.

In the second half at Prescot Cables there was an incident where Ryan Elderton got a blatant elbow which cut his eye open and their player only got a yellow card.

Straight away Ryan’s eye was starting to shut and there was blood coming from the corner of his eye.

Him going off also changed the back four again when we’d already had to make three changes. With the reshuffle, it was a completely different back four to the game before, which I don’t want to use as an excuse but it certainly doesn’t help.

I spoke to the ref as Ryan went off because to me, it’s either an accident and there’s no punishment or it’s a red card.

It was a physical game at Giant Axe so when we went there we knew we wanted a strong official.

I don’t mind a lenient one that lets things go but in this case we knew we needed one who would be firm.

But on Saturday it was the opposite. I think they could have had two red cards and we had a blatant penalty turned down.

Whatever our complaints with the referee are, we yet again waited until we were 2-0 down before we started playing.

Daz (Darren Green) scored a great goal to make it 2-1 which got us back in it and we played really well for the 25 minutes up to half-time.

We could have gone in level or even ahead and at half-time we knew we were still well in the game. We came out and did have a couple of chances but when Ryan got his injury there was a bit of a melee, some handbags and after that we didn’t get going again.

I said after the game that we needed to start beating teams above us rather than relying on results against the teams towards the bottom, and we’ve got a chance to do that against Mossley (third in the Evo-Stik First Division North) on Saturday.

We played pretty well at their place despite losing and it’s about time we started beating some of the better teams at Giant Axe and hopefully that can start on Saturday.

nNeil spoke to the Lancaster Guardian prior to the news that Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow had resigned from their positions.