Ref one of the worst I’ve seen

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY SAM CAR­ROLL­roll@trin­i­tymir­ @SamCar­roll0

SOUTH­PORT man­ager Liam Wat­son blasted ref­eree

Adam Wil­liamson af­ter his side’s 2-1 home win over Ash­ton United helped them reach the first round of the FA Cup.

Brad Bau­ress handed the Sand­grounders an early lead in the tie be­fore skip­per David Lynch was given his march­ing or­ders for a sec­ond book­able of­fence at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Sam Sheri­dan equalised for the vis­i­tors shortly af­ter but De­varn Green struck the win­ner for an un­de­terred South­port side late on.

De­spite the vic­tory, Wat­son was un­happy with the stan­dard of of­fi­ci­at­ing on dis­play at Haig Av­enue.

“I’d seen early on that the ref­eree was in­cred­i­bly poor,” the man­ager said.

“He was weak, but he seemed to be ex­tremely weak in ev­ery­thing 50-50, ev­ery­thing 60-40, ev­ery­thing he could have gave against us he did.

“I just said to him at the end, ‘I bet you’re dev­as­tated we won.’ And it’s true. In all my years, I can’t re­call an in­di­vid­ual ref­er­ee­ing per­for­mance as bad as it was.

“I’m not dis­agree­ing with the yel­low card for David Lynch in the first-half. The one in the sec­ond-half was soft but he [the ref­eree] couldn’t wait to do it [send him off.]

“The ini­tial [yel­low card], from Lynchy’s dis­sent, it was the man­ner of the fouls he was giv­ing that was frus­trat­ing the play­ers.”

South­port will now face Bore­ham Wood in the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion. Fur­ther de­tails of the tie are due to be an­nounced in the com­ing days.

South­port re­ceived

£25,000 from their vic­tory over Ash­ton while a win in the first round proper would be worth £36,000 to the club’s bank bal­ance.

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