Magpies boss left furious by ‘poor’ referee

Striker James Dean scores for the Magpies
Striker James Dean scores for the Magpies
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Garry Flitcroft blasted the performance of referee Anthony Tankard as his Chorley side were defeated by Gloucester City on Saturday.

The Chorley boss didn’t hold back in his post-match interview, dubbing Tankard the “poorest official” that the Magpies have had at Victory Park all season.

The Magpies spurned a number of chances in a dominant second-half display but an own goal from Andy Teague ensured the Tigers left with all three points.

“We battered them in the second half and I don’t think we got one decision all game,” said Flitcroft.

“You don’t like blaming results on officials but their second goal wasn’t a free-kick in the first place.

“It’s disappointing when it’s like that not just for us but for the fans.

“There was another gate of 1,000 present but all the attention was on the man in the middle.”

Tonight, Tuesday, Chorley take a break from league action as they entertain Holker Old Boys in the semi-final of the Lancashire FA Trophy at the County Ground, in Leyland. Kick off is 7.45pm.

Then on Saturday, Chorley travel to big spenders Harrogate Town and Flitcroft admits he’s unsure whether he’ll make any changes.

He said: “When you are playing games the lads want to play week in week out. We’ve had some good results of late.

“The lads that are starting are making sure they keep their shirts. We have been very good of late and we are having a good season.

“If we win our games in hand, we are right in the mix.

“It was a shame that we couldn’t get all the three points on Saturday after all the sides around us slipped up.

“It’s a missed opportunity but we will look to bounce back on Saturday.”