Har­ris in­censed as ref rules roost

Surrey Herald/News - - FOOTBALL -

KIM HAR­RIS was fum­ing after his side’s chances of vic­tory against pro­mo­tion con­tenders were dashed by two ma­jor ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions. So in­censed was the Cur­fews boss that he was dis­missed from the dugout for sound­ing off at the of­fi­cials, his par­tic­u­lar gripe be­ing when Luke Tay­lor was sent off for what was viewed by most in the ground as a fair tackle. The Cur­fews led 2-1 at that point, with 30 min­utes to play, mean­ing they left Krooner Park with a bit­ter taste in the mouth. Kieran Wood­ley, provider of the two vis­i­tors’ goals, had to leave the field in­jured fol­low­ing a tackle mo­ments after skip­ping clear of a reck­less chal­lenge. “I’m go­ing to get done any­way so I don’t mind say­ing Luke’s send­ing off was the most di­a­bol­i­cal decision I’ve ever seen,” said Har­ris. “We were 2-1 up and he got sent off for a great tackle. It cost us the game. I know we would have got a re­sult with­out that hap­pen­ing.” Chert­sey were fully stretched as it was but the loss of such a key and in­flu­en­tial cen­tral de­fender was too much to support and in the end three goals and three points leaked away dur­ing the lat­ter stages. The vis­i­tors were good value for their ini­tial lead with two su­perbly-con­structed goals orig­i­nat­ing from the right by Wood­ley. The first, after five min­utes, saw Wood­ley find room to cross and with Michael Salako lurk­ing in po­si­tion to strike, the home side’s num­ber five Doug Ford tried to head the ball over for a cor­ner but in­stead found the top cor­ner of his own net in fine style. On 24 min­utes, Wood­ley was the provider again when he cen­tred to the penalty spot where John Pom­roy cleanly headed home past Craig Bradshaw. It was another neat and at­trac­tive piece of foot­ball that emerged from a gen­er­ally long-ball game played by both teams. Stung by this, Cam­ber­ley be­gan their long haul back and within five min­utes had re­duced the ar­rears with Manny Quarshie stab­bing home at short range. The home side en­joyed a greater share of pos­ses­sion but weak and off-tar­get shots did them no favours and only a mis­di­rected at­tempt at rolling the ball home from dis­tance by Quarshie, after the re­turn­ing Michael White in goal was left ex­posed and out of po­si­tion, came close to be an equaliser. Chert­sey were forced to de­fend hard after the break and might have suf­fered within five min­utes of the restart when Perry Coles tried to pick his spot but White was equal to it. Jamie Hop­pitt and Quarshie both went close but de­spite th­ese alarms, the Cur­fews still looked ca­pa­ble of hang­ing on for all three points un­til Tay­lor was sent off on the hour. With Wood­ley also gone, and with it, the threat of mount­ing a mean­ing­ful counter-at­tack di­min­ished, it al­lowed Cam­ber­ley to press for­ward even harder, Coles scor­ing on 72 min­utes. He added another three min­utes from time while Dan Band rapped a last-minute fourth.

Har­ris: Felt ag­grieved.

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