Heanor Town first team coach Steve Huntington slammed the match officials after his side were beaten 1-0 by NCEL title-chasers Shaw Lane Aquaforce.
The Lions management were left angry at what they saw as a soft free-kick that lead to Sam Denton’s match-winning goal and a penalty appeal being turned down in the second half.
“I don’t like to make excuses by blaming officials but they made an awful decision to give the free-kick where Shaw Lane scored and an absolutely shocking bunch of decisions to miss the handball on the line and a red card,” said Huntington.
“The response we got was ‘we didn’t see it’. There was a lot of officials here from the league today and maybe they have seen that we need referees that are able to do the job asked of them.
“The lads were fantastic today and the outcome of the match is just not right. I think that is the best we’ve played all season. We’ve dominated the game and I’ve gone in and praised the team, we’ve bossed them for the most part.”
Boss Glen Clarence was also left angry at the ‘blatant’ penalty decision being refused.
Said Clarence: “We had a game plan for the first half and it worked for the most part, but I think we ran out of steam.
“The second half we changed our shape and we had a go. I may have rose tinted glasses but I think we dominated the second half against champions elect.
“We had a stone wall penalty and none of the officials saw it. We have just said in the changing room that we won’t win anything this season but we will try and win every game, the second half was superb.”
Heanor will be looking to get back to winning ways at home to Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday.