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MAGPIES: Phil Simkin baffled by referee's spot-kick award
PHIL Simkin was yet again hugely unimpressed with a referee’s performance as the Magpies were dumped out of the FA Cup by lower league opponents Shortwood United at the Avenue on Saturday.
A one-game touchline ban meant the Dorchester boss had to watch his side suffer from the stand as a highly-debatable penalty proved the difference between the teams in the second qualifying round tie.
Eastleigh official Aaron Moody pointed to the spot just after the hour mark when Magpies’ debutant Josh Wakefield blocked a shot with his hands while trying to shield his face.
The referee further incensed the hosts when he dismissed Dorchester defender Steve Walker for a second bookable offence and then refused to give the home side a penalty when Wakefield went down in the United box.
And although happy to admit his men didn’t do enough with the ball in attack – Arran Pugh was guilty of wasting a great chance before Duncan Culley put the visitors in front – Simkin was fuming over the incident that ultimately saw the county town club exit the cup.
“It’s disappointing to be knocked out because the cup means a lot to a club like ours,” he said.
“We weathered the storm from them early on but didn’t play well enough going forward and in the final third.
“Pughy should be putting away the sort of chance he had. You could say it was a good save from their keeper but it was straight at him.
“If we had scored then I don’t think they would have come back from that and there’s no way they would have scored if it hadn’t been for the penalty.”
He added: “How was Josh supposed to get out of the way? He was only about two yards away from the guy when he shot and didn’t know anything about it.
“It’s another match where we’re talking about the referee and that has happened a lot this season.”
If there was anything positive to come from the game it was that Jake Smeeton came through his first 90 minutes of the season following a toe injury.
And the presence of ex-manager Ashley Vickers in the matchday squad was a surprise for most. He has joined on non-contract terms to help Simkin out at a time when the Dorchester ranks continue to be stretched.
“I thought Smeets did really well after coming back from his injury but too many players had off days,” said Simkin.
“As for Ashley, he rang me up to wish us the best for the game and offered his services and ended up signing on non-contract terms. He could be very handy for us.”
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