Gutted Tom Killick admitted his struggling Poole Town side now expected “huge errors” from National South referees after a controversial penalty was awarded in Dolphins’ 4-0 defeat at Hungerford Town.

Poole trailed 1-0 to Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist’s opener inside the opening minute, before whistler Tom Reeves penalised Corby Moore for a challenge in the box with little more than a quarter of an hour left. Louie Soares squeezed his spot-kick past keeper Nick Hutchings and with the visitors attempting a dramatic comeback, further goals from Bristol Rovers loan ace Leigh-Gilchrist and Nicholas Bignall rounded off Hungerford’s win.

The result ensured Poole remained five points from safety, Chelmsford City doing the Dorset club a favour by seeing off Concord Rangers 1-0.

Boss Killick told the Daily Echo: “People will struggle to believe it but the game was very even, until the referee deemed it appropriate to give a penalty in the second half. At 2-0, it was game over.

“It was a tackle which wasn’t a penalty which the referee decided, in his infinite wisdom, was a penalty. I think the only good thing is that we are almost expecting referees to make these huge errors, because they are happening so often.

“It’s very sad to say but because the mistakes are so significant and so regular, you are able to come to terms with them a bit better.”

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