FC United manager Karl Marginson was left fuming over the performance of referee David Storrie after the Evo-Stik Premier side drew 1-1 with Marine.
Matthew Wolfenden earned the Rebels a share of the spoils with a 59th minute equaliser but it was the overworked official’s hugely controversial decision to deny United an 89th minute penalty and instead send off Rebels striker Ben Deegan which most incensed Marginson.
The Rebels boss stormed: “Even the Marine lads have admitted we should have had a penalty but instead we end up down to 10 men.
“Some of the ref’s decisions were baffling and not just the ones which went against us. Marine’s manager Kevin Lynch was, I think, just as frustrated as me.”
Meanwhile, Ashton United chief Danny Johnson’s plea for his team to respond positively to their FA Cup loss to Spennymoor was wasted as the injury-hit Robins lost 5-1 to visiting Stafford Rangers. Ashton were reduced to 10 men when dangerman Chris Amadi was dismissed following an off-the-ball incident with the game still scoreless at that stage.
Northwich went top with debutant Jordan Johnson hitting both goals in a 2-0 home win over North Ferriby.
Curzon Ashton returned to the Evo-Stik North summit as they saw off fellow high-fliers Farsley 3-2 with goals from Andrew Watson and Graham Kay (two).
Altrincham’s surprise FA Cup conquerors Witton Albion are up to third after they de-railed visiting Harrogate Railway 4-0.
The FA Trophy preliminary-round brought wins for Woodley and Radcliffe but defeats for Trafford and Mossley, while Salford and Warrington each face replays.
Flixton held onto pole position in the North West Counties League with Phil Drummond’s single strike sufficient to sink Stone.
October 10, 2011