Despite his reluctance to use the sending off of defender Ed Oshodi as an excuse, Hemel Town boss Dean Brennan did admit that he was upset at yet another dubious refereeing decision going against his side.
“The sending off was a massive turning point in the game – it shouldn’t have been a penalty and it shouldn’t have been a sending off so it is a decision that we are going to appeal,” he said.
“It does change the game – the boys gave it a bit of a go in the second half, but it was too little too late because the damage had already been done.”
Hemel have been hit by a string of controversial decisions from the match officials in recent weeks, including the denial of a penalty at Sutton United in the FA Cup, which resulted in Brennan being sent to the stands.
“I’m really sick and tired of talking about refereeing decisions now – what more can I say without getting in any more trouble than I am in already? It’s just very, very, very frustrating,” said the Tudors manager.
“But we’ve just got to stick together and move on to the next game.”
Brennan also confirmed that the club’s appeal against Oshodi’s red card at Dartford last week had been submitted too late.
“We appealed but the appeal went through too late,” he said. “The appeal has to go through within two working days of the sending off, and ours went through on Wednesday.”
He finished: “We are going to appeal this one and hopefully that will get done.”