THE SIMMERING old Restormel rivalry between Newquay and St Austell caught fire as a late sending-off an penalty helped the Lilywhites to a 2-1 win over the Pepperm..." />
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Rivalry catches fire in controversial game

By Tom Howe 22nd November 2017

Rivalry catches fire in controversial game
SHOCK RED: Newquay defender Harrie Tilston can’t believe it as the referee sends him off with the score at 1-1 against St Austell

THE SIMMERING old Restormel rivalry between Newquay and St Austell caught fire as a late sending-off an penalty helped the Lilywhites to a 2-1 win over the Peppermints.

In front of a large crowd at Poltair Park, the Saints went some way to avenging their 3-0 defeat at Mount Wise in September when Will Tinsley’s cross ricocheted off Newquay defender Harrie Tilston and beat Zak Roberts midway though the first-half.  However, Newquay fought back in the second period and broke through the midfield, with captain Jack Bray-Evans knocking the ball across the six-yard box where striker Tyler Cheshire was waiting to tap in an equaliser.

Soon after, however, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Tilston was controversially shown a straight red card for bringing down Alfie Flack. In the ensuing argument, Newquay manager Tony Mackellar was also sent to the stands by referee Lee Dudman.

Cheshire missed a chance to put the Peppermints in front before being stretched off due to a ankle injury and, with St Austell smelling blood, Glen Squires conceded a penalty in added on time which Mark Goldsworthy calmly slotted home to win the game.

Mackellar couldn’t hide his frustration at the final whistle, telling the Voice: “They went 1-0 up, we were going too long in the first-half really and we needed to shorten it which we did at half-time. We got back into the game and deserved to get the equaliser through Tyler. To be honest, I thought we were going to go and nick it but then with 15 minutes to go Harrie got sent off.

“He got to the ball a bit late but there was nothing malicious, no intent, their winger got to the ball before him. He stayed on his feet, he didn’t go to ground, it was with one foot and just caught him on the shin. The player went over and the referee came over and gave him a straight red card.

“There was nothing in it, I don’t know whether it was because of the occasion, in front of 210 people at St Austell, it can be quite noisy over there, whether the crowd got to him and he thought he had to react to it - I don’t know.

“They take the ascendancy after that. We created chances, Tyler had another one to make it 2-1 with 10 men but didn’t take it. Maybe had that been taken then things would have changed. I think there was about three minutes left and Glen gave away a penalty. We never had a chance to get back into that.

“For me that is just poor officiating, so that frustration is going to be there. It is not the first time that this has happened this season and probably won’t be the last. When it changes the game at 1-1, that is another point or three points we have lost because of a refereeing decision. At one each, we are looking to go on and win it but to make a decision like that was shocking.

“There is frustration there, just on that decision and poor officials. Other officials wouldn’t have sent me to the stand but, again, we are at St Austell, there are 210 people there who are all shouting for it. I think he has reacted to the crowd.

“I didn’t swear at him, I didn’t say anything untoward, I just reminded him that he had made a really bad decision. It was just one of those. I am not going to lose sleep about it. There was nothing in it. The referee wanted to be the most important man on the pitch and he got that.”

With Tilston already set for a spell on the sidelines due to suspension, Mackellar also lost in-form striker Cheshire, who has caught the eye since joining the club from Sticker.

Mackellar, who takes his team to the home of champions Tavistock for a 3pm kick-off this Saturday, continued: “Tyler got caught on the ankle and it looks like he will be out for maybe two to three weeks. We have got Richard Griffin available and we can change Tornado Bello up there if we need to. We also have Glen Squires so we can change it round accordingly - but we have Tavistock this Saturday, a nice easy one!

“Will we get anything from it, who knows? We are being realistic and are coming to the end of what has been a very tough month for us with fixtures away to Tavistock, St Austell Bodmin and Saltash. That is probably the toughest month any team could have had and we have done it but we have nothing from it. What we have done is get very, very close. In three out of the four we have probably deserved something from.

“I thought we were bad in the first-half and let St Austell play and we paid the price for it. We started off well for the first five or 10 minutes then started knocking the ball long and never really settled. There were a few choice words at half-time then we started to play in the second-half. It is frustrating at the moment, when we play we can give anyone a game, we just need to do that for 90 minutes.”

By Tom Howe 22nd November 2017

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