McFarlane furious with referee after defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:54 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:54 18 March 2015

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Junior Luke sent off in Lewes loss

Junior Luke of Hornchurch against Concord Rangers earlier this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Junior Luke of Hornchurch against Concord Rangers earlier this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane was livid with the performance of referee Lee Forrester after seeing his side beaten 2-0 by Lewes.

The Urchins spent the majority of the match a man light after Junior Luke was dismissed in the 32d minute for a foul on Tom Davis.

McFarlane feels Forrester got that decision wrong and also allowed the Rooks to get away with time wasting throughout the game.

“That display against Lewes was the worst I’ve seen from a referee in many,many a year. The sending off was ludicrous,” said McFarlane.

“The way Lewes kept killing seconds was laughable. There’s only one person that can deal with that and that’s the ref. Tell them they’re in the book the next time and it stops.

“I said I weren’t going to talk about refs no more because it overshadows a good performance where we’ve dominated the game but the referee was incompetent all night long.”

The Bridge Avenue side went behind in the fourth-minute when Jack Rowe Hurst’s mishit cross sailed over Sam Mott and into the goal.

The hosts grew into the match and were controlling play when Luke was given his marching orders, a moment that McFarlane believes changed the course of the fixture.

“The referee had such an affect on the game that it never mattered what we did, we were never going to get back into it,” added McFarlane.

“His comment for the sending off was that he thought Junior got the ball but his left leg followed through...where else are you supposed to leave your leg when sliding on the floor?

“That wasn’t the worst decision but it had the biggest effect. The assessors will be in there with him post-game thinking he has done OK.

“The standard is not going to get any better if no one tells them where they’re going wrong like I do with my players and my chairman does with me.”

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