A man of the match performance from the referee set Halifax on the way through to face Lincoln in the next round of the FA Cup. Chester were unable to cope with the thirteen men of the Shaymen despite Marc Williams’ first goal of the season. The Blues are now left to concentrate on the league, and will have to look to the FA Trophy to provide that glorious cup-run we all desire so much. Here are some things that I thought about the match (minus most of the swearing).
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) The ref
What. Was. Powell. Sent. Off. For? I mean seriously. No Chester fan I know saw anything, no Halifax fan appealed for anything and both sets of teams looked bewildered when the red card came out. It seems that the assistant ref has a fantastic set of eyes to be able to see something that 1,500 people and 22 players couldn’t. Or he was being incompetent. Make your own mind up. Apparently Powell was sent off for motioning to headbutt someone, which means that he didn’t headbutt someone. Again, make your own mind up.
Of course, we could have lived with this utterly random and game changing decision, that ruined our chances of progressing to the next round, if the referee hadn’t been so unbelievably bias. At the half time whistle Marc Williams was punched in the face by a Halifax player. I saw it clearly from the back of the stand, Marc Williams began to hold his face before appealing to the ref, as did several other players and the management team and the Halifax player in question quickly legged it down the tunnel. What made it worse was that it happened right in front of the referee. He just didn’t care.
Then, there is ignoring blatant violent conduct and plain not being able to recognise a foul. Mr Williams once again was the victim. This time he was bundled off the ball in a rather illegal manner. The ref played on, a Halifax player was fouled, a good advantage given before Halifax scored their third of the night, killing off the contest and the mini-revival that Chester had mounted, despite being down to ten men thanks to the referee’s utter uselessness.
You know what ref, I go to matches to watch the football, not you cunting around and waving cards at people. That goes for you too assistant ref, stop waving that arsing flag for fun. I know you’re pleased that you have a job, but don’t be so expressive about it you nobber.
7) Marc Williams
Cracking game from him and I’m really glad to see him get his first goal of the season. It was really well deserved for all the hard work he put in. I’m sure he’ll bag a few more soon.
8) FA Cup
Well, it was annoying that we got knocked out, but it means that we can concentrate on the league. And hey, there’s always next year.
That’s all for tonight, sorry about this blog being all about the ref, but frankly he ruined the game for us. It was shaping up to be a great cup tie too. We’ll have to make amends in the league in January now! Feel free to add your comments below.