PHIL Simkin branded Chippenham Town “a bunch of experienced bullies” and Aaron Moody a referee “totally out of his depth” after the Magpies’ 1-0 defeat to the Bluebirds at the Avenue last night.

Luke Ballinger’s first-half header proved to be the only goal of a fiery Southern Premier League clash, one which was dominated in the second period by the number of cards the Eastleigh official dished out to both sides.

Toby Osman had already seen red inside the first few minutes of the match when team-mate Iain Harvey and Dorchester’s Steve Walker were dismissed in quick succession during the second half – a handful of other players were also cautioned.

Speaking about Chippenham and the referee, Simkin said: “They (Chippenham) are just a bunch of experienced bullies, that’s what they are, and they were too much for our younger lads tonight.

“It was our fault because we should have dealt with it, but you do expect an official to pick some of it up.

“We got bullied by a bunch of bullies who were allowed to do it by a referee who was completely and totally out of his depth.

“That has got to be the worst performance from a referee that I have seen for many, many, many years.

“He just lost control of the whole game and it got farcical towards the end.

“He was just booking people for anything in the end, and he didn’t stop what he should have stopped.”

He added: “We were woeful in the first half and they just knocked us out of our stride.

“I thought we put a show on in the second half and their keeper has done well for them and kept them in the game.

“We haven’t done as well as we should with the amount of possession we had.

“We had enough of the ball in the second half to have got something out of the game.”

Dorchester Town Reserves go to Laverstock & Ford in Group A of the Wyvern Shield tonight.