Play­ers praised for re­cov­er­ing from ‘shock­ing’ de­ci­sion

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SHELDAN KEAY

JOHN Askey has slammed the of­fi­cials for their per­for­mance dur­ing Mac­cles­field Town’s 1-1 draw with Tran­mere Rovers in the FA Tro­phy semi-fi­nal first leg.

The Silk­men’s game fin­ished all square on Satur­day af­ter Ol­lie Nor­burn’s strike meant they came from be­hind to take a share of the spoils at the Moss Rose.

Tran­mere went ahead early on in the game af­ter Jeff Hughes net­ted a con­tro­ver­sial penalty for the vis­i­tors.

Askey was stunned that the de­ci­sion to award the spot kick was made, and he felt that the of­fi­cials were ex­tremely poor in the match.

“Full credit needs to go to the team for how they re­sponded af­ter such a shock­ing de­ci­sion,” he said.

“I don’t think any­body knows what he’s given it for. He’s got ex­cited be­fore the game and some­body near him must have shouted for a penalty so he’s re­acted and blew his whis­tle, it beg­gar’s be­lief.

“We then had a chance where the ball hit the cross­bar and come out. We thought it was over the line but the lines­man was only on the 18 yard box so he couldn’t give it as he hasn’t kept up with play.

“Hope­fully for the sec­ond leg at Tran­mere the of­fi­cials are bet­ter and we play as well as we did in the first leg and get the win.”

A crowd of 2,358 was in at­ten­dance for Satur­day’s game at the Moss Rose, but Askey has re­vealed he hoped there would have been more.

“We’re grate­ful for the ones that were here but it’s still a bit dis­ap­point­ing that peo­ple don’t get be­hind us on a game like that,” he said. “There were no other matches on and I don’t think there was any­thing else to do, but all we can con­cen­trate on is our­selves and try­ing to win games.”

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