Saturday, 9 February 2013
My View - Farsley AFC 1-1 Goole (Evo Stik Div 1 North)
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Inconsistency continues to wreck the Evo Stik Division One North play-off aspirations of Farsley AFC after strugglers Goole AFC left Throstle Nest with a precious point. Although most of us Farsley followers will aggrieved by a ridiculous penalty decision which gave Goole their goal.
Overall though, I think it was a fair result and where Goole are in the table doesn’t come into it. There have been many changes since Wayne Benn took over from John Reed in October. Benn has built a decent side which will in all probability get them away from danger. He has a strong defence, a good midfield with Tom Claisse as captain and a dangerous striker in Aiden Savory. Goole worked really hard and showed good battling skills.
The match was pretty poor with few chances. Much to the delight of his fan club, Ryan Harrison scored for the second week running on 18 minutes with a wonder goal. Ryan is turning out to be a fantastic signing and the strike will be a contender for goal of the season.
Goole hit the bar shortly after but had to wait until the hour mark to equalise. Savory went down theatrically after a slight touch from captain James Riley. It wasn’t a dive, but neither was it a penalty. I personally blame the referee. The referee was 25 yards away and I have been always led to believe they should be ten to 15 away. If he had been closer, the penalty probably would not have been given.
The obvious then happened as Savory fired the spot kick home. But regardless of the penalty decision, Farsley had chances to finish Goole off in the last ten minutes. Gareth Grant should have scored after going through on goal, while Matt Dempsey was unlucky with a header.
The crowd did get restless with the referee after he turned down a penalty appeal in the last minute from Adam Priestley after giving a free kick on the edge of the box, despite the ball being in the box when the foul was committed. One woman shouted that the referee should ‘be a comedian because he’d be good at it’. One bloke even upset the RSPCA after saying that he going to go home and kick his dog because of the referee.
The referee did get some stick as he walked off, but the facts are that Farsley could have won despite not deserving to. Goole deserve credit for their work ethic and if they keep playing like that, they will take points off teams.