Burr laments striker's sending off

STEVE Burr lamented described Amari Morgan-Smith's sending off as 'unbelievable' after Harriers' 3-1 home loss to Alfreton.

The battlements at fortress Aggborough were breached for the first time in 11 games.

A brace by ex-Kidderminster defender Michael Wylde and one for striker Jon Akinde marked an impressive second half fight back by the away team.

The turning point came in the 66th minute when Morgan-Smith was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

 "I thought it was an unbelievable decision to send him off," said a disappointed Harriers boss.

"Joe Lolley got a yellow card as well which was strange.

"I couldn't see Alfreton keeping 11 men on the pitch but that is how it goes.

"The referee has to make decisions but they were very poor."

Defeat had seemed unlikely after a one-sided first half, where Harriers were given time and space to attack Alfreton at will.

But after missing a host of chances, all they had to show for their efforts was Callum Gittings' 17th minute effort.

Alfreton had responded to falling behind by flying into a host of reckless challenges.

Alfreton skipper Nick Fenton could easily been sent off.

He was booked for a cynical challenge on Gittings, which prompted Morgan-Smith to needlessly push him and pick up his first yellow.

Fenton was then warned by the referee after a late challenge on Mickey Demetriou.

But surprisingly it was Harriers who were reduced to ten men in the second half.

They had already been pegged back by Wylde's first goal in the 52nd but were pushing for a second goal when Morgan-Smith clumsily fell into the path of Shaw after colliding with Connor Franklin.

The striker was shown a second yellow and was sent off.

Thirty seconds later, Harriers were caught out by Wylde's second goal and Akinde, who missed a one-on-one, scored from the spot after being felled by keeper Danny Lewis late on.

"The major turning point in the game was the sending off and Alfreton scoring almost immediately afterwards," commented  Burr.

"In the first half in particular we missed a lot of chances we should have been out of sight.

"Even at half-time I could not see us losing and it shows that certain incidents change games."

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9:39pm Sun 15 Dec 13

grouchy old git says...

It's not sour grapes from Steve Burr because harriers lost. I have seen every home match and most away games for the last few seasons and it is noticeable that the standard of refereeing in the Conference Premier has dived alarmingly in the last couple of seasons. I thought it would be hard to see a worse referee than the recent home game against Wrexham but Saturday's official managed to top even that abysmal performance. Unfortunately, it appears the League and the F.A. are cocking a deaf ear to any complaints about their officials. As far as they are concerned, the match officials are considered competent and above reproach and club official criticising officials in public or to the press are jumped on from a great height.
I made a prophecy at the start of the season that this years promotion/play off/relegation issues would be settled, not by a teams endeavours but by dodgy decisions from incompetent and inconsistent officials.
It's not sour grapes from Steve Burr because harriers lost. I have seen every home match and most away games for the last few seasons and it is noticeable that the standard of refereeing in the Conference Premier has dived alarmingly in the last couple of seasons. I thought it would be hard to see a worse referee than the recent home game against Wrexham but Saturday's official managed to top even that abysmal performance. Unfortunately, it appears the League and the F.A. are cocking a deaf ear to any complaints about their officials. As far as they are concerned, the match officials are considered competent and above reproach and club official criticising officials in public or to the press are jumped on from a great height. I made a prophecy at the start of the season that this years promotion/play off/relegation issues would be settled, not by a teams endeavours but by dodgy decisions from incompetent and inconsistent officials. grouchy old git

12:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

CRUSSELL1968 says...

Completely agree with Grouchy Old Git above.
That Ref should be struck-ff, and hopefully the 'official' observing him will report his incompetence.
I left the match fuming, which shouldn't be happening. The players need fairness on the pitch, and KHFC should make a formal complaint, and use video evidence to back their case.
Completely agree with Grouchy Old Git above. That Ref should be struck-ff, and hopefully the 'official' observing him will report his incompetence. I left the match fuming, which shouldn't be happening. The players need fairness on the pitch, and KHFC should make a formal complaint, and use video evidence to back their case. CRUSSELL1968

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