Browne curses ref after Darts match

PUBLISHED: 18:02 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

Potters Bar boss Steve Browne

Potters Bar boss Steve Browne

POTTERS Bar Town chief Steve Browne was frustrated by refereeing decisions which cost his side a vital three points against Dartford on Saturday. Before the match Browne would have been happy with a 2-2 draw and a point against the top of the league side.

POTTERS Bar Town chief Steve Browne was frustrated by refereeing decisions which cost his side a vital three points against Dartford on Saturday.

Before the match Browne would have been happy with a 2-2 draw and a point against the top of the league side.

After going one up in the first minute and doubling their lead with less than 10 minutes to go, it looked like Bar would take all three.

However, the leaders got one back and then levelled deep into injury time to deny the Scholars their first win in nine games.

The Parkfield side, who are trying to avoid relegation from the Ryman League Division One North, were desperate for the win.

Browne said: "I rarely make comments about referees and refereeing decisions, but in the first half he gave a free-kick right on the edge of our box which they hit the bar from.

"He didn't even look at the linesman and gave it, but it was never a free-kick.

"In the second Sam's (Adejokun) through in the box, gets brought down. He looks at the linesman and he doesn't give it, and the linesman didn't give it. That summed their game up."

Browne also felt the away side were given the majority of decisions and questioned the amount of injury time at the end of the game, in which the Darts levelled.

"I think they gave them lots and lots of free-kicks and where did he get the time at the end from?" he said.

Browne was critical of his team, who conceded twice in the final minutes of the game.

He said: "The players are gutted, but they need to listen.

"In the last five minutes we said keep your shape, we don't need to go chasing the game, we are 2-0 up. Just kill the game.

"Everything needed to go into the corner or out of the ground."

From his side's point of view, he added: "Looking at the game I thought when we had the ball we were comfortable, on the break they couldn't live with us.

"We scored two great goals but we're disappointed. Three points today (Saturday) and we would have been safe."

Potters Bar face fellow strugglers Wivenhoe Town tonight (Tuesday).


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