Davis left to reflect on key decisions after defeat

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Banbury United manager Paul Davis said the club will appeal Joel Meade’s red card at Dorchester Town.

The Puritans boss was left frustrated by a couple of key decision which went against his side in the 3-1 Evo-Stik Southern League defeat at one of their relegation rivals.

Leam Howards gave United the early lead in Saturday’s premier division clash but Meade got a straight red card for a foul on Ben Watson with the referee deeming he was the last man. Dan Smith equalised and Watson put Dorchester ahead from the penalty spot with Sam Lanahan adding a third goal before the interval.

Davis said: “The referee has cost us with two big decisions, he was poor throughout the game.

“Joel Meade played the ball, everyone could see that because it went in a different direction to where [Ben] Watson was running. When we get the video of the game we will appeal his red card.

“We should have had a penalty in the second half when the assistant referee signalled for a spot-kick for a foul on Leam Howards but the referee ignored him.

“I’m sure if we had all 11 players on the pitch Dorchester wouldn’t have caused any problems. It’s a big setback and the table looks as though we’re playing catch-up again but people who think we’re down do so at their own peril.”