Published: 15/03/2014 19:07 - Updated: 15/03/2014 19:15

Spot kick refusal stuns Elgin boss

Written byCraig Christie

FOR the second weekend running Elgin City boss Barry Wilson was baying for referees’ blood after a dodgy decision cost his team dear.Elgin City boss Barry Wilson

City lost 3-2 to Annan, having come back from 3-0 down and then been denied a “stonewall” penalty at the death.

Wilson was furious that Annan keeper Kenny Arthur’s challenge on Craig Gunn went unpunished.

“I don’t want to keep talking about referee’s decisions and it looks like you are passing the buck or whatever,” he said. “The referee said he thought Craig played the ball, which he did, and there was a coming together, which was a strange explanation.

“Was it a penalty? Absolutely stonewall. Everyone knows it.”

But Wilson was also critical of his team for a first half slump during which they conceded three goals in eight minutes to leave them chasing the match.

Playing against the wind, City conceded their first goal to a low 20 yarder by Ally Love on 28 minutes.

Minutes later Love struck a post with an inswinging effort which then rebounded off the head of defender Steven Swinglehurst to make it 2-0.

And after Paul Harkins got caught in possession deep in his own half, Annan took the ball and Blair Henderson struck a third.

City hit back with the goal of the match, a 20 yard screamer by Shane Sutherland on the hour.

Harkins also netted in the 90th minute with another good finish, before Gunn was unceremoniously decked by an Arthur challenge in the box which had the home fans screaming for a penalty.

Incredibly, whistler John McKendrick didn’t even give a foul and instead awarded a corner, before blowing for full time soon after.

It was the fourth time in City’s last five home games where they have scored twice and ended up losing 3-2.

“We can’t keep having to score four goals to win games of football,” Wilson said. “Sometimes you’ve just got to dig out a horrible 1-0 or 2-1.

“At the minute we don’t seem capable of doing that.”

Wilson also handed teenager keeper Stewart Black a start in preference to regular Ray Jellema, so he can see him in action with a view towards next season.

Elgin: Black, Beveridge (McLean 79), Finlayson, Crighton, Duff, Harkins, Gunn, Urquhart (Bayne 69), Wyness, Sutherland, MacKenzie (McHardy 73). Subs: MacLeod, MacDonald, Murray, Jellema.

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