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Lichfield City FC 0 Young Warriors FC 2

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Manager Dean Gilbert couldn’t hide his anger after a controversial refereeing display marred Lichfield City’s 2-0 defeat against Young Warriors FC.

The City chief has blasted the man in the middle after turning down three strong penalty appeals during the game.

And a furious Gilbert was in no better mood after demanding an explanation from the officials following the final whistle.

He blasted:

“The game wasn’t about football – it was about the man in the middle not being up to the job of officiating a match between two of the top three. The Football Association have been pushing the RESPECT campaign for a few years now but it’s about time officials realised respect works both ways.

“The ref was shocking, and that’s being polite. He killed us – end of. I’m not a bad loser, in fact I like to think I lose with dignity, but today I am utterley downbeat about the whole game. We were up against a good side and we needed three officials who were up the job – sadly, the man in the middle wasn’t.

“We had three stonewall penalties turned down he missed a lot of afters during play. After the game he explained that he should have given two of the three penalties and he apologised, but apologies don’t put points on the table.”

The game started brightly for Lichfield and they could have been a goal up inside five minutes when Deeley placed a tame shot straight at the keeper from five yards out.

That early escape sparked Warriors to life and the hosts did well to hold their own and go in at the break level.

But the three penalty appeals overshadowed a second period that saw Warriors go in front with a quick break, before wrapping up the points as Lichfield were caught out as they pushed on looking for a leveller.

Lichfield City’s next action sees them visit Cadbury Athletic Reserves on Saturday (September 18).

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