Gale hits out as Hawks are held

Hawks-Shaun Gale (Manager) ''' Havant & Waterlooville vs Maidenhead United   on14th Jan 2012 at the Westleigh Park. Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines) '
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Shaun Gale pointed the finger at referee David Rock after the Hawks dropped two vital points at Westleigh Park on Saturday.

The manager was left shaking his head as Ollie Palmer was sent off and two ‘blatant’ penalties were turned down in the Blue Square Bet South draw with Tonbridge Angels.

With rivals Hampton & Richmond and Staines both winning, the 1-1 result has left the struggling Hawks outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

Gale is sick and tired of talking about the performances of officials and has called for something to be done to help them raise their game.

‘I have to be careful what I say but the performance from the officials was totally unacceptable,’ he said.

‘If I say too much I will only get myself into trouble.

‘The Tonbridge bench were laughing when the referee sent Ollie off and those were blatant penalties at the end.

‘It is horrendous and two points dropped that we can ill-afford.

‘The equaliser came from a free-kick which stemmed from another poor decision by the referee because Steve Ramsey won the ball fair and square. Something has to be done because we end up talking about officials every other week.

‘We have not got our just desserts today because we should have won.’

An evenly fought first half ended goalless and, though it was a good game, there was no predicting the late drama.

Palmer was booked in the first half for petulantly throwing the ball to the ground after being penalised.

That came back to haunt him midway through the second period when he slipped into a tackle and was shown a second yellow card.

Instead of capitulating, though, the brave Hawks took the game to Tonbridge.

They opened the scoring on 69 minutes through Christian Nanetti – on his home debut – after excellent work from Chris Arthur.

That goal looked good enough to gain the home side a vital three points in their relegation fight.

But they were denied at the death as Lee Browning smashed a magnificent 20-yard shot past Dan Thomas.

The leveller was not the end of the action, though.

There was still time for Nanetti to be upended inside the Angels area on two occasions.

Yet, rather than pointing to the spot, the referee booked the youngster for diving.

And deep into stoppage-time the crossbar came to the Hawks’ rescue and saved them from defeat.

‘We raised our game after going down to 10 men and I couldn’t see us getting beat,’ said Gale.

‘Tonbridge equalised with a worldy and could have nicked it with a header that came back off our crossbar.

‘We lost our heads towards the end, which was disappointing but I can’t fault my players work rate and effort.

‘If we keep going like that then we will be okay.’

Hawks: Thomas 7; Newton 7, Dolan 8, Pearce 8, Arthur 8, Ryan 7, Ramsey 7, Hutchinson 7, Jones 7 (Thompson 75mins – 6), Palmer 7, Nanetti 9