Leamington boss Paul Holleran is hoping not to run into referee Thomas Kirk again this season after seeing at least four key decisions go against his side in their 2-0 home defeat to Boston United last Saturday.
Brakes had three strong penalty claims turned down, while conceding a debatable spot-kick of their own as their seven-match unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt at the hands of their relegation-threatened visitors.
And while Holleran was keen not to attribute the defeat to the performance of the match official, he clearly believed it had a major bearing on the outcome. “We’ve had him before,” said Holleran. “He’s a young boy and he takes things personally.
“He seems to have taken a dislike to one or two of our players. Our players have got to be better at managing him but I do get the impression he has some kind of issue with us.
“With the cautions we got, the decisions that went against us, the decisions we didn’t get, it certainly seemed to be that way. He doesn’t manage players well and we have asked not to have him.
“But listen, the referee has nothing to do with us defending poorly and Tony (Breeden) missing a cross.”
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