Whaley bemoans referee’s performance after nine-man Wisbech Town crash out of FA Vase

action from Wisbech Town v Alvechurch football.Picture: Steve Williams.

action from Wisbech Town v Alvechurch football.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech chief Brett Whaley launched a scathing attack on the performance of referee Daniel Glazewski following the club’s controversial FA Vase exit.

The Fenmen had two players sent off as they crashed to a 4-0 first round defeat at the hands of Alvechurch at the Elgoods Fenland Stadium last Saturday.

And Whaley was not at all impressed by the decisions of Northampton-based Glazewski to dismiss Billy Smith for a first-half challenge and to dish out two cautions to Steven Reid, who departed midway through the second half.

Whaley said: “It is not my style to slate referees, but he lost control of a game changed by his poor decisions.

“Billy slipped as he made a challenge. There was no intent or malice whatsoever but the Alvechurch players immediately surrounded the referee and everyone jumped up off their bench.

“When a referee knows he has made a bad decision (as he did to send off Billy) one of two things then tend to happen - either you get everything from then on or you get nothing.

“We got nothing and had ‘Reidy’ sent off for picking up two very harsh cautions while Alvechurch continued to appeal for everything.

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“We tried to go for it when down to 10 men and we continued to fight on with only nine men. The fans could see how much effort we had put in and the way they clapped our lads off the pitch at the end was really appreciated.”

Wisbech fell behind soon after Smith’s departure and conceded twice in the space of three minutes early in the second half before Reid received his marching orders. A fourth goal followed late on.