Pow­ell left fum­ing after the goal that never was

Southport Visiter - - Health & Lifestyle - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

SKELMERSDALE United boss Dave Pow­ell be­lieves ref­eree David Croft cost his side all three points against Widnes last week­end.

United went down 1-0 to the newly-pro­moted Whites to lose their first game in three but Pow­ell reck­ons a costly er­ror was made with the game hang­ing in the bal­ance.

“We’ve had a goal chalked off for a goal­mouth scram­ble that was over the line.

Their lads are turn­ing away to go to the half-way line and the ref­eree isn’t even think­ing it’s a goal!” Pow­ell said after the match.

“Our lads have not shouted for it. We’re try­ing to let ref­er­ees make the de­ci­sion but I think the [play­ers] have been let down by the ref­eree on that one par­tic­u­lar de­ci­sion.

“The game was good for the ref­er­ees [over­all] but a de­ci­sion like that changes the whole com­plex­ion of the game.

“We were al­ready on the front-foot. If we’d have got that goal to equalise we would have went on to win the game so it’s vir­tu­ally cost us three points.

“We were very much in the as­cen­dancy, they were look­ing tired and we were full of en­ergy.

“We would have went on and won the game so I’m dis­ap­pointed with that.” With de­feat send­ing Skelmersdale back to the foot of the Evo-Stik West after win­ning just one of their open­ing 11 games, Pow­ell has called on his side to start tak­ing their chances.

“I thought over­all we con­trolled the vast ma­jor­ity of the game,” he said after the Widnes de­feat.

“We re­stricted them to three op­por­tu­ni­ties on goal but the one they scored was of our own mak­ing.

“We can do bet­ter than that. It’s just de­ci­sion mak­ing - not a big cri­sis.

“Sec­ond-half we bat­tered them. We’ve got to be tak­ing the chances that come to us. It has to end up at the back of the net at this level of foot­ball.”

United take on Frick­ley United in the FA Tro­phy this week­end.

Im­ages by John Driscoll

Was it in? Skem ap­peared to score a per­fectly good goal but it wasn’t given by the ref­eree and (in­set) Dave Pow­ell

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