Harris questions refereeing display

Assistant boss Terry Harris felt that referee Brett Huxtable made a number of dubious calls during Town’s 2-1 win against Welling yesterday, writes Mike Simmonds.

Manager John Still was deep in conversation with the official at the end as Harris confirmed it was mainly due to an incident where Huxtable signalled for defender Steve McNulty to come back on to the field after receiving treatment, only to allow the setpiece to be taken before he could get into position.

Harris said: “It’s tough being a referee, I understand that, sometimes they have good days, sometimes they have bad days.

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“The reason John was talking to the ref at the end of the game was the Steve McNulty situation.

“He came off because he got a cut, we taped him up and we were going to defend a free kick.

“He’s (Huxtable) said come on, he’s waved him to come on, and then he’s blown the whistle (to allow the free kick to be taken).

“John was just saying, hold on a minute, you’ve got to allow him time to come on and get set in his position because we’re one of our better headers light.”

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Huxtable also made two other big calls, giving the Wings a penalty moments after the break and then sending off visiting defender Fraser Franks late on.

The spot kick appeared a soft one, although no Town defenders complained about the decision,

Harris, however, preferred to question his side’s concentration once keeper Mark Tyler had saved from Ross Lafayette as an unchallenged Alex Dyer slotted in the rebound.

He said: “No-one complained, until I see it on the DVD, I can’t really say.

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“The referee gave it so we have to take it. My disappointment was we never backed up the Mark Tyler save.

“John said to the side, that if I was Mark Tyler, I’d be very, very annoyed as I’ve made an excellent penalty save, and we were second to a regain.

“A couple of players have held their hands up and said they were second, so we learn from that and hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”

Meanwhile, on the late red card for Franks as he tripped Paul Benson while being the last man, Harris added: “From here I’m standing, Paul was going past the guy and he was the last man, but I don’t like to see that and think a booking would suffice.”

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