BRIAN Stock felt Weymouth were denied a penalty during their 1-0 Vanarama National League loss to Chesterfield on Saturday.

Trailing at half-time thanks to a volley from former Terras midfielder Tom Whelan, Weymouth came out with intent in the second half.

Substitute Pierre Fonkeu had only been on the pitch nine minutes when he clattered a header against the bar and down towards the goalline.

Although the officials waved play on, Stock believes Calvin Brooks was fouled seconds later and admitted it would take a “brave referee” to give a spot-kick at Chesterfield.

On Fonkeu’s header, Stock told Echosport: “We thought it was in from where we were, that’s how close it was.

“On the follow-up Calvin has been fouled quite clearly. It takes a brave referee to give that at a place like Chesterfield.

“Unfortunately, whether it’s gone over the line or not it’s hard to see from the angle we had. The ref didn’t give it – or the pen.”

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Weymouth continuously threatened an equaliser in the latter stages with striker Andy Dallas denied and goalkeeper Ethan Ross coming up for numerous set-plays in stoppage-time.

Stock added: “I felt, second half, we were the team in the ascendancy. Even though they tried to press us, we played through the press on quite a few occasions.

“We put the ball in behind a little bit more and asked a question of their back three, which is something we didn’t do enough of in the first half.

“On another day, Andy scores when he’s got half a chance. The defender defends well. There were a lot of positives to take second half.

“We’re very disappointed coming away to Chesterfield having not necessarily given a good account of ourselves, particularly in the first 45 minutes.”