'We need neutral referees', is Bourne Town boss Simon Daws' view after defeat at Birstall United
Bourne Town boss Simon Daws has called for neutral officials to take charge of games after seeing his side lose controversially at Birstall United.
Two of the goals came when the Wakes were down to nine men after the Leicestershire-based side went ahead with a free kick from Ash Days while two of theiir players were on the ground, appearing to need treatment.
But when Bourne players protested, two of them were temporarily sent offfor dissent, leaving the visitors down to nine men.
Birstall took full advantage, with further goals by Wayne Slawson and a half-volley by Day after a Dre Articolo cross was headed clear.
Jake Robertson added a fourth for Birstall who had come into the game level on points with their opponents.
Daws said: "I was disappointed with the referee at the decision to give the free kick which was right.
"But Birstall had two players on the floor who looked like they needed attention.
"Their player has then chipped the ball into the net and the referee has put his hands out, pointing to the centre circle and allowing the goal to stand.
"Two of out boys asked the referee what he was doing, definitely without swearing at him because we were in earshot.
"But the referee pulls his book out and sends both players off for ten minutes, with seven or minutes to go before half-time.
"The point to be made is why can't we have a neutral referee in the league, especially when it can call on referees from different counties?"
The defeat at Birstall was a second away setback in succession for Bourne after going down 3-0 at Harrowby United last weekend.
Daws said: "Birstall played the ball about well and they were a good side.
"But when we went down to nine men, it was an even bigger task for us when they scored two goals before we had a full team of 11 men back on the pitch.
"I back at the game at Harrowby where the ball bounced down off the crossbar and the referee gave a decision from 30 yards away that the ball has crossed the line.
"Then we have the free kick at Birstall where everybody was astounded, players, supporters and club officials, at the officials' performance."
"We rallied really well in the second half at Birstall and we had three good chances to score," Daws said.
"Their keeper made some good stops, but maybe we got our system wrong there, trying a 4-3-3 to start with before going back to a 4-4-2.
"Birstall play with a triangle formation in the middle of the pitch where they can pull the ball around which is why we went with a 4-3-3 system.
"They were the better side in the first half and probably deserved to go in ahead at half-time.
But the element of the first goal, and they way they got it, had a big effect on the game."
Daws has to pick his players up ahead of a home game this Saturday against another Leicestershire side in second-placed Aylestone Park.
"We've got no choice but to write off the Birstall game and I said to the lads afterwards 'Don't let it affect you'," Daws said.
"We're looking ahead to the Aylestone Park game where we've got nothing to los.
"I think anybody can beat anybody in this league."