Bradbury hoping for a change of fortune for the Hawks

Referee Colin Lymer keeps his eye on the derby action. Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151963-13)
Referee Colin Lymer keeps his eye on the derby action. Picture Ian Hargreaves (151963-13)
Have your say

Lee Bradbury criticised the performance of referee Colin Lymer after the Hawks suffered a 2-1 derby defeat at Gosport Borough.

Bradbury was convinced the official got three big decisions wrong in the hard-fought contest.

The Hawks boss was convinced the home side should have been reduced to 10 men in the first half.

He also felt his team were denied a cast-iron penalty and that the stoppage-time red card for Hawks captain Brian Stock was harsh.

‘The referee should have sent Gosport’s Mike Carter off when he went through in the tackle on Warren Cummings,’ said Bradbury.

‘Our player has got a big hole in the top of his thigh where he was caught by Carter’s boot.

‘It is not the first time that Carter has done that against us.

‘Then we should have had a penalty when Ryan Woodford clearly used both arms to haul Theo Lewis over at a corner.

‘It was a clear penalty but you rarely see referees giving them.

‘Brian Stock’s sending off should never have happened.

‘He is the most honest man in football and he had his eye on the ball all the time when the two players collided.

‘There were a lot worse tackles in the game that went unpunished.

‘We feel a little hard done by but that is what happens when you are at the bottom end of the league.

‘Our luck has got to change at some point.’

Bradbury believes his team did more than enough to deserve a share of the spoils.

In the past the Hawks have been accused of not having the appetite for a fight against Gosport.

In Bradbury’s eyes this certainly wasn’t the case this time around and he was pleased with the work ethic of his team.

‘We were not out-battled,’ said Bradbury.

‘Both teams worked hard and acquitted themselves well.

‘My players gave everything and in the end we were beaten by a wonder goal and an own goal.

‘Our goal from Scott Donnelly wasn’t bad either.

‘He has been doing that recently playing just off the striker and once again he curled a shot into the top corner.

‘It was a frustrating day but I am pleased with how hard we worked.’