SHEERWATER’S unbeaten league run ended in controversial circumstances against Chessington & Hook United at Chalky Lane on Saturday.
Pete Ruggles described the refereeing performance as “the worst ever” as The Chessy avenged 10-men’s Sheerwater 5-0 defeat earlier in the season.
After last week’s FA Vase defeat away to Southall, Ruggles made three changes to his starting line-up as he looked to bounce back to winning ways.
Luke Taylor arguably had the visitors best and only real half-cut opportunity during a competitive first-half, but the winger was unable to impact the scoreline with neither side giving anything away to chance.
In the second half, the home side enjoyed a huge let-off as Taylor was chopped down by an already booked Chessington centre-back. But the referee booked the wrong man to set pulses racing. Kieran Campbell’s opener for the hosts on the hour-mark served to rub salt into the wound.
Shane Rideout managed to level the proceedings when the ball found its way through a host of bodies, before rebounding off his shin and into the net to make it 1-1.
But the visitors’ momentum was halted when Rikki Letch was sent off for a flailing elbow after a 50/50 header.
Bewildered, but undeterred, 10 men Sheers continued to press, but it was Chessington who grabbed a late and undeserved winner after Andy Rider lost the ball in the sun, prompting Adam Marie to scramble home.
See the full report in the 25 October edition of the News & Mail