Atherton Collieries manager Micheal Clegg was straight to the point in his assessment of the officiating in last night’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat to FC United.

Colls were narrowly beaten at The Skuna Stadium in their first qualifying round replay encounter, and were denied a penalty, which was especially tough to take for Clegg.

He said after the game: “I’m not even disappointed, I think it’s absolutely laughable that we’ve got beat. You come here tonight, we’ve got seven lads out, you’re already facing an uphill battle, and you get three officials like that.

“I know the club are not gonna thank me for saying it, but that was disgraceful tonight. You’ve had a clear double-handed push in the back for a goal that’s ended up winning a cup tie for £4,500; our lads have stopped, it was that blatant.

“Then the handball, it’s just incredible how we’ve not got a penalty at 0-0. Then to make matters worse, a lad goes through one-on-one, slips, with our defender two metres away, and he’s give them a free-kick for a foul, and not to mention two of the offsides where Jordan (Cover)’s through.

“I can’t wait for the club to put together a compilation and send it out, and anyone who knows me knows that week to week, I don’t moan on the sideline. Very rarely I’m in bother with officials but that was just awful tonight.”

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