Colin Gordon admitted that Kidderminster Harriers’ controversial defeat to Bromley at Aggborough was ‘soul destroying’, with his side having endured a rotten afternoon.
In what was a less-than-stellar contest overall, Harriers never really looked in any threat of being beaten.
In fact, experienced visiting shot-stopper Alan Julian was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers, pulling of a number of saves to keep the reds at bay.
Harriers looked set to have at least a 50/50 crack at taking a 1-0 lead into the final ten minutes of the game when Evan Garnett was hauled down from behind inside the area.
However, the hosts were not given a penalty kick when it seemed nailed-on; salt then rubbed into the wounds when an inexplicable goal from Bromley in the dying stages turned the game on its head.
An emotional and frustrated Colin spoke to the media after the game, saying: “It feels like a conspiracy, only the league isn’t big or worldwide enough for it to be so.
“How can their captain come off to me and say ‘Sorry, it was a penalty’, when he was the one who brought Evan down?
“The three assistants said it was a penalty but the referee says he thought [Evan] had overrun the ball.
“It’s a shambles. We had a goal against us at Wrexham on Tuesday night that was nowhere near the line and I have said video evidence of that to the linesman who promised to apologise.
“We had a penalty given against us against Chester when Langmead has got nowhere near the player.
“Do they not realise that these decisions cost people money, jobs and livelihoods?”
Colin went on to add: “We’ve conceded a rubbish goal; our goalkeeper has apologised because it was a huge mistake.
“But the game [before the penalty decision] was over – it was over.
“We didn’t play well… but we were still in the game and we did our jobs.
“They didn’t have a shot but their keeper has made two or three great saves.
“It’s just soul destroying for all of us.”
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