Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Barnstaple Town 3-2 Witheridge
Barnstaple Town squeezed past Witheridge in the FA Vase with a 3-2 win – despite finishing the game with only nine men.
Jack Jenkins and Scott Sharp –who was only on the field for eight minuets - saw red for the hosts, but Sharp’s goal along with one each from Billy Tucker and Ryan Turner were enough to see off their Peninsula league opponents.
Tucker gave Town the lead, but after Jenkins was given his marching orders for an alleged push Witheridge found a way back into the game and levelled before half time.
Turner put Barnstaple back in front with a tap-in, before Sharp turned in to make it 3-1. But his game was over just moments later when he was sent off and Barnstaple were left to hold off Witheridge with just nine men.
Witheridge scored from the resulting free-kick, which Barnstaple manager Tom Bulley admitted his side didn’t react to, but ultimately came up short of pulling off a shock result.
“Unfortunately the referee had a bit of a nightmare,” said Bulley. “It took the enjoyment out of the game and ruined my weekend a bit.
“It was a game with non nasty tackles or anything and yet eight players have been booked and two sent off.
“The FA seriously need to look at this because it’s game after game and it’s not just me who’s saying this, it’s other managers as well.
“I’m happy with the lads though. They battled through and got the result.
“We deserve to still be in it. The FA Vase is a big competition and I’d like us to have a good cup run – it would be great for the club and the players.”
Bulley also praised the impact of Tucker and Turner after both scored again on Saturday.
“They’ve both got a lot of potential and a lot of quality; it’s exciting to have a pair of players like them.
“They’re only young but they should have a good future at the club with me.”