Colbran irked by ‘unbelievable’ penalty

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SIMON Colbran was left deeply frustrated after a controversial penalty denied his Horsham side a point at Leatherhead on Easter Monday.

Ray Freeman had put the visitors back on level terms going into half-time after Tommy Hutchings had given the Tanners an early lead.

With the score at 1-1 going into the final quarter of the game Leatherhead’s fight against relegation was given a major boost when Vernon Francis appeared to head a corner harmlessly over, and to the surprise of everyone inside Fetchling Grove referee Ian Fissenden pointed to the spot.

Horsham defender Ian Varley was adjudged to have fouled the home player, but despite his and Andrew Atkins’ protests the penalty stood and Tanners skipper Mark Simmons sent Michael Hunter the wrong way to hand his side a vital three points.

Colbran was far happier with his side then after the heavy defeat against East Thurrock on Good Friday, but was at a loss to explain the decision which cost his side anything from the game.

He said: I feel we had three or four really good chances first half and we could have even gone in 3-1, 4-1 up possibly and that was really frustrating.

“The first goal we wasn’t tight enough and we’ve said about that and as soon as we’ve got tight we were a completely different side. We’ve got to be tight consistently, you can’t just pick and choose because when you don’t then you get punished and that’s exactly what’s happened with the goal.

“But other then that I can really say we gave it our all and we deserved something. The goal that won them the game, their supporters, our supporters, our players, their players, their management our management and both linesman didn’t see it.

“The referee’s given a penalty for no one knows what for, and even their supporters, when he’s pointed to the spot didn’t know, then all of a sudden they’ve all cheered.

“It was just unbelievable and that’s the most frustrating part out of it all because we deserved something.”

But he added: “We can look at that and work with it because there’s loads of positives there.”