Furious Gloucester City manager Tim Harris branded the decision to rule out an injury time equaliser in Saturday’s FA Trophy clash as a ‘fiasco’.
City were 3-2 down in stoppage time when James Harding tapped in, only for the referee to change his decision and award a foul on Fylde goalkeeper Rhys Taylor following discussions with his assistant.
“What about that fiasco at the end, the referee’s not blown up, the keeper’s put it down and the lad’s tapped it in the net and he’s [referee] stood there wondering what to do, things like that really frustrate you,” said Harris.
“By the letter of the law it should have been three all as he’s not blown up, the keeper’s put it down and James Harding’s tapped it into an empty net and then he’s got a massive massive decision to make and he didn’t know what to do.
“All of the sudden you’ve go them [Fylde players] crowding around you [Referee] and they’re street smart make no bones about it, they’re full time they’ve got experienced players and a lot of quality”.
City took the lead on two minutes with a strike from left-back Lewis Hall before Fylde’s James Rowe equalised after 18 minutes. 1-1 at the break Joe Parker scored an exceptional solo goal striding from his own half to the Fylde 18-yard box to beat Taylor with a left-footed strike.
Rowe was back at it again with a superbly driven free-kick to put the Coasters level before completing his hat-trick with minutes to go putting the visitors in the lead for the first time.
Harding’s ‘goal’ came shortly after and was the major talking point, denying City a replay at Fylde’s Mill Farm on Tuesday.
Harris added: “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, and whilst there wasn’t a big crowd here today the crowd was fantastic and they got behind us.
“We’ve just got to keep our feet on the ground and we’ve just got to be patient and it will get back on winning games of football, that I’ve got no doubts of whatsoever”.
Fylde now progress and are in the draw for the next round, while Gloucester return to league action against Stockport County on Saturday at Whaddon Road.
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