Nicely put, MRFC56. Wish I could be as diplomatic.
I didn't have it down as an elbow on Eddie, but it was certainly a heavy smash in the face & directly in front of the referee. He was the architect of our downfall; he takes action there (no yellow, no red - just a plain, basic free kick) and none of what transpired would have followed. He then booked 'Killer' for rightly wanting to know why the referee hadn't taken action. The speed that yellow came out was a warning sign of what was coming...
His reading of the game beggared belief; a Road player clattered and given a free kick, fine. The same challenge, this time on a Colne player results in a free kick - and a yellow card. The referee then compounded his mistake by trying to say the Colne player was "through". He was still some yards inside his own half. I presume he meant that and not that Andy had gone straight through him simply because it was the same as the previous challenge - which didn't get a yellow. I might also point out that once you have committed to the tackle, you can't stop if the ball moves away.
Josh Gittings... Josh, Josh, Josh... First of all, he got all of the ball and the opposing player wasn't in any danger. The referee failed to apply risk assessment and hid behind letter of the law (which has failed in the Premier league recently). Josh, of course, had been in the ref's ear coming off the pitch at HT and said ref was on the look-out for any excuse - he really couldn't get that card out any quicker (but wait for it, he actually does...). Josh, there's no need for you to be making that kind of challenge anywhere on the pitch, let alone over on the touchline away from danger.
And then we get to Rob. And again it's the referee's fault, as just about everyone could see the Road player (Matt?) being held by their defender - he once again fails to give us a free kick and frustration spills over. It gets a bit scruffy with the loose ball and Rob came in over the top. Not denying he did. And how fast did that red come out? It was right in front of me, too - and it was no more than a yellow at the very, very most.
A little later and obviously enjoying the carnage he had wrought, he instructed the players to keep their "arms down" in what I took to be a deliberate wind-up of the home support considering the blatant 'arm up' he ignored in the 1st half.
I'd like to see the referee reported.
I would also like to thank the 9-men for battling away to peg Colne at 3. Good effort.
Leaky Creaky Ultra