WHITBY Town boss Darren Williams was sent to the stands after protesting the controversial sending off of Kev Burgess in Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Nantwich.
Centre back Burgess had already been booked but was dismissed in bizarre fashion.
A different player - Alex White - accidentally collided with a Nantwich player in the box and the official waved his yellow card at Burgess, meaning an unlucky early bath.
“I was really annoyed - I was 40 yards away and could see Kev wasn’t involved,” fumed Williams.
“It was a set-piece coming in, a bit of argy bargy and coming together. Kev was in the area and the ref thought it was Kev who infringed. It wasn’t even a yellow card offence.
“Even their players told the ref it wasn’t him. I was frustrated and felt for Kev as he blatantly had nothing to do with it.”
Williams said his annoyance built up as decisions went against his side throughout the game. Birthday boy Tom Portas took an elbow in the back of the head in an incident which again brought no action and ex-Sunderland star Williams said there were inconsistencies with some of the refereeing decisions.
Williams was not the only one scathing about the official.
Blue Army tweeted: “We don’t half get some awful referees. Spoiled yet another game.”
Whitby had led at half-time after Graeme Armstrong was fouled for a penalty and got up to wrong-foot the keeper from the spot. The Blues were denied a strong shout for an earlier penalty when a similar foul on Nathan Mulligan went unpunished.
But Williams’ side “switched off” after the break and two sloppy, quickfire goals from Harry Clayton and Oliver Devenney put the Cheshire side in front.
“We had been looking fairly comfortable and not been troubled by any major attacks - all their shots were from distance. We just didn’t start after the break - we kind of switched off and lost the desire to get back and defend as well as we did in the first half.”
Williams said the Blues had played well in the first 45 minutes, stuck to their task well and were confident going into the half-time break.
Whitby Town: Campbell, Hassan, Robinson (c), Burgess, White, Portas, McTiernan, Henry, Armstrong, Snaith, Mulligan. Subs: Williams, James, Purewal, Farrell.