ELGIN City boss Jim Weir has given up on his team winning the League 2 title after the home draw with Forfar.
But a furious Weir pointed to another controversial decision in Saturday’s game as a factor in City’s failure to win.
The Black and Whites were 1-0 up on league leaders Forfar when striker Chris McLeish appeared to be brought down as he tried to race clear in search of his team’s second goal.
A foul would have meant a red card for challenging Forfar defender Jamie Bain but ref Graham Beaton waved play on, much to Weir’s disgust.
Just to rub salt in the City gaffer’s wounds, two minutes later Bain was at the other end of the field crossing the ball in for the visitors’ equalising goal.
“I tried to speak to the ref about it but he thinks he called it right,” Weir said. “He thinks it was a coming together with the two players.
“But their player clearly loses the flight of the ball, falls over and brings our player down. Our player is past him, stays on his feet and is brought down. I’ve had a look at it and there’s no denying it.
Forfar keeper almost puts one into his own net from Elgin corner. pic.twitter.com/au9cWXAb1Y— Craig Christie (@NScot_cchristie) March 18, 2017
“It’s just quite ridiculous. The officials have got to get these big decisions right. We’ve had too many go against us.”
The City manager was equally perplexed two weeks earlier when his team drew 0-0 at home to fellow promotion chasers Arbroath, as Elgin striker Craig Gunn appeared to be fouled in similar circumstances as he broke through to shoot on goal but play was allowed to continue.
Saturday’s draw with Forfar means Elgin remain 9 points behind their opponents with just seven games to play – a gap Weir fears will be too much for his team to make up.
“We had to win today to have any chance of winning the title. It’s simple, we had to win.
“There’s seven games left and 21 points but we’ve had the chance for the last five weeks.
“We know it’s mathematically possible and it might be wrong of me but we now have to realise we just need to start winning games to make sure we make the play-offs, and have another go at it.”
City looked good for closing the gap when centre back Darryl McHardy nodded home Archie Macphee’s corner four minutes after half time.
However Jim Lister’s headed equaliser, punishing a poor decision by Elgin keeper Cammy MacKay to come for Bain’s cross, denied the Black and Whites the win they probably deserved over the piece.
One good piece of news for Elgin is that top scorer Shane Sutherland will receive a scan tomorrow on his knee to determine the extent of the injury which has kept him out for the past five games.