Boss “bemused” by referee’s decision

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Gowfers’ boss Alan McSkimming is still bemused by the referee’s decision to award a penalty to high-flying homesters Newtongrange Star at New Victoria Park on Saturday in their league match.

He told GazetteSport: “That one decision ultimately affected the outcome of the game.

“Both teams to be honest were pretty well matched until about the 66th minute when the scoreline was one-all. There had been few chances for either team and the game had been well contested.

“However, at that time there was a wee scramble in the box as Newtongrange attacked and the team captain, Scott Robertson, got a red card for the second week in a row.

“The referee considered he had used a hand to deflect a shot, but he had both arms in front of his body not interfering or preventing a goalscoring opportunity. However, the referee penalised him and ultimately sent him off. We also went in arrears when they scored from the penalty spot.

“After that, we were playing the league leaders with a man down so we were always going to be up against it.”

The manager gave credit to the players who, he said, worked their socks off. He went on: “The scoreline for me was irrelevant in the end as a decision had changed the outcome of the game. That left a bad taste in the mouth at the end of it.

“I can’t fault the boys in terms of their effort. We competed with the league leaders who have spent a lot of money on their team, they have a lot of their guys in the Scotland set-up but we matched them for 77 minutes.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers host Ballingry Rovers at Laing Park and the manager considers the match to be the proverbial six pointer.

He explained: “Ballingry sit three points below us and we have some games in hand so we will be looking to open up a wee gap between us and them.”

He said he has a number of injured players, with seven on the treatment table on Monday, so team selection will be left until the last minute.