Long Buckby 1 Holbeach United 0: JOHN Chand felt his side were robbed of a point after seeing a “stonewall” penalty waved away on Saturday.
In the proverbial game of two halves, Buckby battered Holbeach in the first half and deservedly led through Dan Holman’s strike at the break.
But the Tigers bossed matters after the break – and Chand was far from happy when debutant Michael Gardner was brought down after rounding the home keeper.
Tommy Treacher also saw a penalty appeal waved away, as Holbeach slipped to a second UCL Premier Division defeat on the bounce.
Chand said: “It really was a tight game and each half couldn’t have been more different.
“If I’m honest we were lucky to still be in it at half time. But after the break we bossed it and should have had a penalty.
“The referee told me that there wasn’t any contact on my player. If that’s the case, why didn’t he book him for diving?
“It was a stone-waller and we’re aggrieved not to get a point. But that shows how far we’ve come, as Buckby are a good side.”
The only goal of the Station Road clash arrived just after the half hour, with Holman racing onto a long ball over the top before slotting home.
After the break Treacher twice went close, while Simon Mowbray was denied by a last-ditch tackle when well-placed.
It was the penalty incident that will live in the memory though. Gardner, signed from Skegness Town, would have scored but for the keeper’s intervention.
Tigers: Lovelace, Allen, Courtley, Lewis, Elston, Smith, Steward (Gardner 75), Joof, Treacher, Mowbray, Brown. Not used: Bishop.
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