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Curzon boss Flanagan hits out at match officials in wake of 2-1 loss at Salford
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 @ 12:22 by Mark Phillip

National League North

Salford City 2-1 Curzon Ashton

Curzon Ashton manager John Flanagan has hit out at the match officials following his side’s 2-1 loss to leaders Salford City on Saturday.

The Ammies took the lead through Lois Maynard in the opening stages of the second half, before appearing to wrap the game up in the 92nd minute through Jack Redshaw. However, the visitors clawed a goal back with virtually the last piece of action when Joe Guest headed home.

Following Monday’s postponed fixture against Alfreton Town – which has been rescheduled for Thursday night – the result leaves Curzon just two points above the National League North relegation zone.

Although disappointed with the manner in which his side lost the encounter, Flanagan took aim at the match officials who, he felt, didn’t spot a clear hand ball in the lead up to Salford’s second goal. Speaking to Curzon’s media team following the match, Flanagan said: “During their second goal there was a blatant hand ball when they were coming out. The lad put the ball down and stuck his hand out.

“It’s 15 yards from the linesman – it’s unbelievable. He won’t even respond to it, and I think it’s scandalous that even after the game the referee won’t look me in the eye and give me some sort of explanation, or even tell me I’m wrong. It was a crucial element to the game, but that’s football, isn’t it.”

Flanagan reserved special praise for goalkeeper Cameron Mason, who made a string of terrific saves throughout the match to give Curzon a fighting chance.

The former Mossley boss, while clearly disappointed, also put things into context. He said: “I thought Cameron Mason was excellent. He made some fantastic saves today, and if it wasn’t for him they’d have scored more.

“It was the tough game that we expected. They’ve got a lot of strong players; they’re a physically strong side.

“In the main they had control of it, and we were just picking up little scraps really. The pitch wasn’t helpful, it was very bobbly and I don’t know why they’re not doing more work on it. Perhaps that’s the way they want to play. It didn’t help matters, so we’re having to go a bit longer than we would like, and it ended up very scrappy.

“Nobody expected us to get any points here today, so it’s not something I’m overly worried about. We’ve got to beat the teams in and around us. Good luck to them. I like Salford and I like the people involved with the club, and so I hope that they can get the points that they need to win it.”