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MAGPIES: Dorchester boss Simkin blasts referee
DORCHESTER Town boss Phil Simkin slammed Rochester referee Ian Cooper following his side’s 3-1 defeat to Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.
Simkin was sent to the stands by the official after Lewis Morgan had been shown a straight red card an hour into the Skrill South clash at the Avenue.
The Magpies’ chief didn’t have any complaints with Morgan’s dismissal but was incensed that the referee had not given Stortford defender Sean Francis his marching orders minutes earlier.
Home striker Aristide Bassele appeared to have a clear run in on goal when he was taken out by Francis on halfway – Francis was cautioned and Simkin’s anger boiled over when Morgan went in hard on Johnny Herd soon after.
“I apologised to the lads for getting sent to the stand but you get to a stage where you can’t believe what’s happening,” he said.
“I really thought we had a chance of getting something and the referee put the kybosh on that.
“How he could let that lad (Francis) stay on the pitch, I don’t know. There was no-one behind him.
“Lewis gave the referee a chance to send him off. The lad (Herd) made a meal of it and didn’t stay down once he had gone off.”
Simkin felt the scoreline was harsh on his team, who have now gone seven games without a win.
After Neil Martin gave the Magpies an early lead, the hosts, and keeper Tim Sandercombe in particular, gifted the Blues a way back into the match.
Simkin added: “In the end I thought it was a very harsh scoreline and I was a bit worried it was going to be four or five.
“On our second half performance we deserved something out of the game. If we can reproduce that then we’ve got a chance.”
The fixture was Brandon Goodship’s last of his one-month loan spell and he heads back to Bournemouth with Simkin hoping to bring in another of the Cherries’ youngsters.
“I will speak to Steve Purches at Bournemouth this week,” he said. “There are a couple of lads up there.
“Josh Wakefield is a midfielder who we could probably do with and they’ve also got a centre-half called Baily Cargill, who is an excellent player.”
With Bassele also on-loan from the Cherries, rules state that Simkin would only be able to borrow one more Bournemouth player. You are allowed a maximum of two from one club at a time.
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