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18th Jan, 2022

Brakes boss reflects on costly refereeing decisions

PAUL Holleran felt Leamington were on the wrong end of some contentious refereeing decisions as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Guiseley.

The Yorkshire hosts took the National League North points with second-half goals from Jordan Thewlis and Regan Hutchinson.

The first came on 70 minutes when the assistant referee ruled a penalty after saying the ball hit Brakes defender Kyle Morrison’s hand. Thewlis fired home the spot-kick past keeper Jake Weaver.

Holleran reacted by swopping to a three-man defence but Guiseley soon added their second with Hutchinson tucking home under Weaver.

Dan Turner had Leamington’s best chance, but hit the post ten minutes from time.

“Sadly for the second Saturday in a row we’ve had decisions go against us,” said Holleran. “A bit like last week – when the officials look at the video they’ll ring up saying sorry again.

“At 0-0 the game is nicely poised but it’s the penalty decision that the referee hasn’t given from five or six yards away but he’s allowed an assistant who’s God knows how far away to overrule him.

“From the penalty we’ve gone 3-5-2 to try and get back into the game. There were parts where we looked OK, but we were a little bit open – and a bit like Tuesday we got to 70 minutes and have got decisions to make to go for it which leave you vulnerable on the counter attack and the second goal was that. But Guiseley played well. However, I’m disappointed that we’ve come out on the wrong way of decisions for the third or fourth game on the bounce.”

Leamington have no game on Saturday and return to action with a trip to Darlington next weekend.


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