Buckingham Town manager Chris Robson took his frustration out on the officials following the Robins’ 3-2 defeat at Irchester United on Tuesday.
Goals from Mitch Brent and Meshack Henrickson put Buckingham into a 2-1 half-time lead before Lessa Mengi looked to have added a third when his lob beat the home keeper and appeared to have crossed the line, only for the officials to wave play on.
That proved the turning point as Irchester struck twice in the final 20 minutes to condemn Town to another defeat.
Robson said: “Football can be a cruel game. How we haven’t come away with at least a point is incredible.
“Up until the 70th minute we were in complete control and looked comfortable, but towards the end we tired and fair play to Irchester – they took advantage and nicked it.
“It would have been a different story had the linesmen kept up with play for Lessa’s goal which wasn’t. If the linesmen is in line with play he sees the ball is clearly over the line and it’s 3-1 and game over.
“I can’t fault my boys today as they gave me their all and we played very well at times, but the only thing that matters at the end is the score.
“I again felt we could have done better with all three goals but with such a young side you have to accept some mistakes, and a bit of naivety.”
On Coner McMillan’s debut at centre-back, Robson added: “Tonight Coner made his senior debut at the age of 16 years and seven days, and he was superb. He was strong, won his headers, and defended very well. Anyone watching would think he has been playing UCL football for years. He will have a great future in the game.”
Buckingham were also beaten at the weekend when they lost a 10-goal bonanza 7-3 against Wellingborough.
This weekend, the Robins visit Rushden & Higham on Saturday before visiting Olney Town on Easter Monday.