Wilson targets match referee following Barwell draw

Kane Richards looks on in disbelief after being denied a penalty on Tuesday night.
Kane Richards looks on in disbelief after being denied a penalty on Tuesday night.

Kevin Wilson turned his anger toward the referee on Tuesday night as Ilkeston FC earned a 1-1 draw at Barwell.

Match official Ben Cooke, who also oversaw a controversial fixture between the two sides back in September at the New Manor Ground, was again the centre of attention as he turned down two strong penalty appeals from Kane Richards and booked the Robins winger for diving in the second incident.

That left Wilson fuming despite having seen his side produce a good second-half display.

He said: “I’m not one to regularly bash referees but this wasn’t good enough.

“After the last game where he gave us a questionable penalty, he allegedly rang Barwell’s boss afterwards to apologise and admit he’d had a bad game, and tonight (Tuesday) he’s had just as bad a game in my opinion.

“I knew he wouldn’t give the decisions tonight but he said I was playing mind games with him, when in fact I was just being honest.

“The challenge on Kane in the first-half was stonewall penalty and the second-half one looked like a foul to most people too.”

On his team’s display Wilson was more positive, particularly with Tuesday’s game coming on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Matlock Town on Saturday.

“The Matlock game was always going to be settled by a single goal and we didn’t do enough to be the ones that got it,” he said.

“Against Barwell we’ve shown what we can do and probably deserved the win based on our second-half performance, but in the end I felt let down by some of the decisions made by the referee.”

With full-back Jack Dean having made his debut on Tuesday, Wilson expects more new faces may arrive before the weekend visit to Frickley Athletic and then the home game with Rushall Olympic on Monday.

He said: “Jack came in and did well but I feel we still need some more faces and that could happen soon.”

“We particularly need a striker as was proven by again seeing good chances go begging in the last couple of games as we’re just not hitting the target enough.

“We’ve got pace, power and people who can pass the ball around but are still lacking that finishing touch at times.”