Bury to lodge complaint about referee

BURY TOWN manager Richard Wilkins was left disappointed by the performance of referee Mike George after his side’s narrow 2-1 Boxing Day derby defeat away to Lowestoft Town, writes Sam Murley.

The Blues manager had to watch on as his side let slip a first half one goal lead, courtesy of Sam Reed, to ultimately suffer defeat and finish the encounter with nine men as Craig Nurse and captain Tom Bullard, headed for an early bath after both were shown straight red cards in the second half.

Despite the result being Town’s second consecutive league defeat and their third in four matches, Wilkins although conceding midfielder Nurse was right to see red, was left bemused by a number of dubious decisions made by George, who Bury will now be lodging an official complaint about, to the Ryman League.

“Recently things have just seemed to transpire against us,” he said.

“We were very disappointed, not only with the final result but with a number of the decisions that were made by the referee throughout the match.

“I feel that he got three of the four major decisions wrong and after five minutes we knew it would not be a fair playing field.

“The Lowestoft players looked to play the referee, it was as if they were playing him like a puppet.

“We don’t want it to sound like sour grapes, Nurse should have been sent off but we were not happy with a number of other decisions.”

Wilkins although still disappointed by recent results, has urged his players to put events behind them as they look to re-discover some consistency in a congestive new year period which sees them travel to Hendon tomorrow (3pm) before welcoming table toppers Billericay Town to Ram Meadow on Monday (3pm).

“We have not been having the rub of the green lately but we will have to put it behind us and keep going forward,” he added.

“Hendon is always a tough place to go to and we are expecting a difficult match. Billericay are obviously doing extremely well but we have done well against some of the better sides in the league so hopefully we can start to pick up points again and start finding some consistency.”