SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER BEDLINGTON TERRIERS 2-1 SHILDON
TEAM: ALLEN, COWAN, ANKERS, MASON, CLARKE, HOWATH, MOORE, RAITT, EMSON, NIVEN, EVERITT, GREDZIAK, MASTERS, GRAYSON, CLOUGH.
After the disappointment of losing at Chester Le Street the previous game it was crucial that Shildon got back on the right tracks at Bedlington. Manager Gary Forrest changed the side around with the emphasis on attack, this almost backfired in the first minute when The Terriers almost took the lead. Dion Raitt had a well struck free kick blocked in the 5th minute as Shildon pushed forward, with the referee seeming to stop the game for anything and everything it looked like it was going to be a frustrating day for both sides. Bedlington took the lead in the 11th minute when Andrew Allen flapped at the ball in the Shildon goal, Lee Hamilton made no mistake and slotted the ball home to put the Terriers ahead . Both sides were becoming more and more annoyed at the Referee who was starting to lose control of a game which did not warrant his card happy approach. In the rare passages of play in which the referee did not disrupt it was Shildon who pushed for an equaliser, in the 21st minute captain Daniel Moore powered a great header in the back of the net only for the referee, true to form, to disallow it. Players were beginning to become increasingly annoyed when they found themselves being booked for minor incidents which most decent referees would have dealt with using common sense, something this man in the middle was sadly lacking. Shildon finished the half with couple of chances from Raitt and Moore but in all honestly it was not the football was the main talking point of the first half.
HALF TIME SHILDON 0-1 BEDLINGTON TERRIERS
Hopes for a better second half were short lived when the referee seemed to carry on as he had left off in the first half. Andrew Allen made a solid save in the 47th minute as The Terriers pushed for a second; the game was getting out of hand at this stage, players where being booked for good honest 50/50 tackles whilst more cynical challenges were going unpunished. Finally Shildon had something to shout about when Gary Ankers levelled with a superb header which the eagle eyed linesman had spotted had crossed the line. Stuart Niven was unlucky in the 60th minute when his quick thinking effort just looped over the bar. Adam Emson scored perfectly good goal in the 77th minute which again was ruled out by the referee who was the only person in the ground who had seen something wrong with it. Wayne Gredziak and Tyson Masters were brought off the bench as Shildon searched for a winning goal , in the 82nd minute Masters was hauled to the ground in the penalty area for what looked like a clear cut penalty, but as ever the inept referee ruled otherwise. Shildon`s torrid day got worse in the 87th when in only their second attack of the half Bedlington took the lead through Alex Benjamin. Tyson Masters had a weak header easily saved in injury time but it was too late as the referee blew for full time, one of the few decisions he got right all day. A very frustrating day all round for everyone concerned at both clubs , what could have been a cracking game of football was spoiled completely by a referee who showed a total lack of common sense throughout the game. Players and supporters of football must sometimes wonder why they go to all the trouble and effort only for poor officials to spoil what is regarded as the beautiful game.
Report from the Shildon website
Thought you weren't allowed to be this critical of the referees on reports
Does sound like a shocking performance by the ref by all accounts though