Manager Spencer Fearn has apologised for getting sent-off near the end of Frickley Athletic’s 3-2 defeat at Bedworth United.
Fearn admitted he was frustrated by the referee’s decision to award a free-kick late on for the home team, which led to their winning goal. The result was a second successive defeat to promotion rivals and a third loss in four Evo-Stik South outings.
Fearn said: “Their third goal is the real talking point. Their player has thrown himself on the floor and why the referee gave them a free-kick I can’t explain. That leads to their goal.
“Apologies to the fans and the players for me getting sent-off, but I was really frustrated.
“That’s the second time in a week that a referee’s decision has cost us.
“They do a fantastic job and I’m a big fan of referees, but the one we had last Tuesday night disallowed a perfectly good goal and we would have got a draw against Alvechurch. It’s not just us getting the one point, it’s stopping them getting three points.
“It’s two big decisions in probably our two most important games of the season.
“We’ve just got to move on from it and we’ll pick ourselves up. It’s very tight and with 11 games to go there’s still 33 points to play for. Automatic promotion’s going to be difficult, but we’ve not given up on that yet.”
Fearn felt his side played well at Bedworth despite the result.
He added: “It’s a tough one to take. I thought for 65 minutes, until they scored their first goal, we were absolute class.
“For me, that period for three-quarters of the game was probably the best we’ve played this season. Defensively we were absolutely superb and I think it took them 35 minutes to actually have a shot on goal.
“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players. Individual errors have cost us, but in terms of work rate I couldn’t ask anything more.
“I’m delighted JC (John Cyrus) was back and played 90 minutes. I thought Sam Liversidge was also really good as well. He kept the ball well and he knows how to defend.”