Wilkin puzzled by whistle-stop decision at crucial stage

Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin was left puzzled and frustrated by a howler from referee Richard Hulme in Saturday’s Buildbase FA Trophy exit.

By Steve Smith
Monday, 25th February 2019, 2:03 pm
Updated Monday, 25th February 2019, 2:10 pm
Brackley Town's Shane Byrne fires in his free-kick after referee Richard Hulme had failed to play the advantage. Photo: Jake McNulty
Brackley Town's Shane Byrne fires in his free-kick after referee Richard Hulme had failed to play the advantage. Photo: Jake McNulty

Wilkin saw the holders lose Saturday’s quarter-final tie with Leyton Orient 2-1 at St James Park where Hulme’s howler denied top scorer Lee Ndlovu an almost certain second goal when he failed to play a simple advantage. Ndlovu had been fouled but recovered to get into the box with just keeper Dean Brill to beat but the whistle had gone far too soon.

Wilkin said: “There were one or two contentious refereeing decisions but even if you take that out of the equation we should still have won it. Lee [Ndlovu] was just ten yards out with only the keeper to beat and I just can’t understand why the referee had to blow so quickly, it was a guilt-edged chance for Lee.

“Orient kept going and we’ve made a mistake near the end We still had a chance to equalise in stoppage-time and you need those moments to go for you against the big teams in these games.”