"Inept and incompetent, and also partisan to the point of near bias for the great majority of the decisions made comes readily to mind for these match officials, plus also it must be said that respect for them that the FA go banging on about has to be earned, and on this shambolic show, which was no less than par for the course for the average Northern League match if one reads NLZ regularly, deserved the taunts and comments. Fees and travelling expenses for the privilege of such adjudication is usually I am lead to understand of the order of £150, which puts such comments into another perspective."
following defeat by Bedlington 6-2................posted 13/1and who will officiate the game utterly without bias and be completely fair to both teams, and to a thoroughly commendable professional standard, not like some recent officials seen at SSFC games who shall remain nameless, and who are only fit to grace schoolboy matches
posted before a game v Whitley bay last season
This was an entertaining game, full of committment, and a game unfortunately spoilt by a whistle happy referee, guilty of far too numerous very poor decisions for both teams, who made no allowance for play on a heavy and difficult surface. The second half was once again littered with non sIn retrospect, a lamentable display by the referee that was well commented on by both sets of supporters, and on this evidence the league's campaign for respect has not got a prayer. A gutsy performance by Shields, but controlled aggression instead of boiled over tempers marred what was a good game until the final quarter. All credit to Spennymoor, the best side seen at Filtrona Park this season, but a disgrace about an incompetent official.too many whistles, many for petty offences which should have been overlooked in the conditions for the players.
posted following defeat by Spennymoor last season
Whatever be the respective rights and wrongs of the game last night from all perspectives, and I must confess to being more than disappointed at the manner in which it degenerated in the second half with the referees ineptness or even unwilling or disability and seeming apparent incompetence or call it what one will, to effectively control the game and not to allow it to spiral out of his direction, I do feel that perhaps a quiet word in both dressing rooms before the game would and could be more than beneficial as a word against use of shouted expletives and blatent foul play and his penalties for such unsporting behavouir, could but only be helpful for all concerned. As good sportsmen we all are, maybe the NL management committee should consider the introduction of some kind of a player's code of conduct and then enforce it ?
posted following game with consett last season and then the true picture from the following reply
"The first half was fairly uneventful. Fouls from shields players mainly off the ball, and davey been his typical dirty self putting himself about. There where a few minor fouls which if the ref had clamped down on early may not of boiled over into major incidents. But the ref can hardly be blamed for ellisons sending off, it was a blatant stamp whilst already on a yellow. Players have to take full responsibility some times and this is one of them. Only consetts number 3 was involved in any incident, despite many others been on the receiving end of fouls. Something we need to look at as a team, and also why was our bench acting so aggresively, hardly a good example to set to the players, who do often respond to how the manager is reacting. What we needed where cool heads and we could of possibly getting something out the game"
so peetheball it wasnt sour grapes....what was it then???? like me to keep digging there is plenty more where they came from