Wisbech Town boss Ward incensed at officials for skipper Sam Spencer's head injury in 6-4 BetVictor NPL South East loss at Carlton
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Wisbech Town manager Kevin Ward was incensed at the officials for not protecting skipper and key centre-half Sam Spencer who suffered a first-half head injury during a 10-goal thriller which the Fenmen lost 6-4.
The visitors were 2-0 up and cruising when the crucial incident happened.
The Fenmen led through a12th minute Danny Draper goal and a 19th minute Charley Sanders penalty, but were pegged back to 2-2 by the break.
Carlton took the lead early in the second half and made it 4-2 after 64 minutes before Wisbech scored again with 12 minutes left through Tiago Nassanculo.
However, the home team scored twice more to make it 6-3 until Sanders netted his second late on.
Ward said: “We’ve absolutely battered them for 44 minutes.
“We were 2-0 up and had a few cleared off the line. In the passage of play it was a ball over the top and the centre-forward has elbowed our skipper clean in the face, split his head wide open.
“It’s a foul all day long – whether he meant to do it or not – it’s a foul.
"It’s a head injury, and you stop the play for head injuries. Sam’s head looks as though it has gone through a car windscreen.
“The incident is between the halfway line and the 18-yard box. Another eight to ten seconds after that incident the ball’s gone into our box and he’s given a penalty.
“That’s a bad, bad call. So we lose our captain because he is unable to play on.
"They score the penalty and because we’re in turmoil due to what we’ve got on the bench we’ve had to send a lad on straight away.
“Unfortunately his first touch, instead of clearing it, the player has taken it off him, whipped it into the box and they’ve scored again.”
Spencer, who had his forehead glued on Saturday night, is a doubt for next Saturday’s game at Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Ward bemoaned the fact that decisions going against his basement side are costing them precious points in battling the drop.
“All the time and effort that people put in behind the scenes at this football club – and the lads grafted themselves into the ground – and to get decisions like that...," he added.
“The balance of decisions are crucial. It’s costing us massive points: four in the last two games. When you’re down there, it’s tough. The lads have grafted until the 94th minute and scored two late goals.”
He added: "The players played well for 44 minutes in very difficult weather conditions, it was extremely windy. We worked their keeper.
"If we hadn't had that decision I'd say it was the best we've played all season. All that hard work over the last few weeks was starting to show.
"They came out with the wind in their favour and it just becomes a difficulty.
"On paper, 6-4 looks like we've been battered but we've just not had the rub of the green. We scored four goals against a side in the play-offs. Where we were a few weeks ago, that could've been a cricket score."
Wisbech will bring a player in before next Saturday’s game.
Ward said: “We’re looking to bring somebody in. Mason Lee came to us to get some game time from Ilkeston: they’re looking to bring him back.
“There will definitely be another body and there will definitely be player movement.”
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