Heath unhappy with officials
FA Vase Second Qualifying Round Brimsdown Rovers 4 Colney Heath 2 SSML Premier Division Leverstock Green 3 Colney Heath 3 COLNEY Heath were denied a fourth straight league win by a 93rd minute equaliser against Leverstock Green. The final goal was surro
FA Vase Second Qualifying Round
Brimsdown Rovers 4
Colney Heath 2
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COLNEY Heath were denied a fourth straight league win by a 93rd minute equaliser against Leverstock Green.
The final goal was surrounded in controversy and left Magpies boss Scott Lacey furious.
"We scored and the ref came over to our bench and said one minute to go," Lacey told the Herts Advertiser. "He then played two minutes eight seconds - I timed it.
"You shouldn't come over and tell a management team there's one minute to go if you're not going to adhere to it.
"My main disappointment this year is the standard of the refereeing.
"We have so much pressure on us to respect the officials but we don't get it back.
"We put so much of our spare time into running a non league football club and they just turn up for 90 minutes and get paid more than any of us.
"On reflection a draw was a fair result but we should have defended better. The most annoying thing is they scored direct from a corner - it just looped in."
Leverstock had taken the lead in the ninth minute thanks to Ben Hammond's 30-yard screamer but two goals in as many minutes from Ian Cooper and Greg Deacon put Heath in front.
Adrian Fontenelle drew the home side level just before the hour mark before the extra-time drama unfolded.
The Magpies thought they'd stolen all three points when Dean Parrat fired home in the 91st minute but they were denied all three points when Hammond grabbed his second goal of the game and Lacey says the result puts huge pressure on his team to get a result against Royston on Saturday.
"I said to the lads if you want to be title contenders you have to get a good result at Levy and win your home game with Royston," said the Magpies boss.
"Now we haven't done the first bit so that puts so much pressure on Saturday. We must win on Saturday.
"However, we have to remember we are unbeaten and second in the league.
"What undoes us is naivety and switching off. We've got pace in abundance but we haven't got experience. I can't get young, fit players with experience and I can't get experienced players that are fit," joked Lacey.
"I think part of mine and Wes's (Awad) frustration is not being able to have everything."
Tuesday night's draw followed Heath's exit from the FA Vase after they lost 4-2 to Brimsdown Rovers. Heath found themselves 3-0 down inside 17 minutes and despite two second half goals from Phil Jackman the deficit was too much to overturn.
"It was mindless defending in the first 15 minutes. They were faster and stronger than us and when you're 3-0 down away from home in the FA Vase you're never going to win.
"We lost Jack Coombs who had 22 stitches to an eye wound. He went down to head a ball and their bloke kicked him, it's just one of those injuries but we've lost him for a couple of weeks.
"The one positive from Saturday was that the lads regrouped and showed some character to pull it back to 4-2. I've said it before but this is a great bunch of lads. They listen and want to learn, they're just let down by a bit of naivety.