Housham critical of referee for penalty decision in Boston derby, plays down ‘handbags’ with Greene

Gainsborough Trinity v Barrow'English League Football - Vanarama Conference North'Northolme, Gainsborough, England.'6th December 2014''Gainsborough Trinity Manager Steve Housham.''Picture by Dan Westwell
Gainsborough Trinity v Barrow'English League Football - Vanarama Conference North'Northolme, Gainsborough, England.'6th December 2014''Gainsborough Trinity Manager Steve Housham.''Picture by Dan Westwell
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Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham was critical of the referee after Saturday’s controversial derby defeat at bitter rivals Boston United.

The Blues had appeals for a penalty turned down when Paul Beesley was felled in the box, before Boston were awarded a spot-kick for a Cliff Byrne challenge late on.

Housham said: “We had a blatant penalty, how the referee didn’t see it like that is beyond me.”

“They (Boston) were saying we dived a lot all through the game, but we didn’t dive, we were proper footballers out there, strong in our challenges, but it was a blatant penalty.”

“The referee was probably scared of the section of fans behind the goal, and just because there was a big crowd he has not been brave enough to make a proper decision.”

The tension was too much to bear for those in the technical areas, as Housham and Boston counterpart Dennis Greene had to be separated.

But Housham played down the incident.

“It was a bit of handbags.”

“It maybe didn’t look like that, because I was angry at the way Dennis celebrated Boston’s goal at me.”

“He thinks I celebrated when we scored to his face and I didn’t do that.”

“Our fans were brilliant.”

“Gainsborough fans did themselves proud and I was celebrating the goal for them. Dennis took it the wrong way, it was a bit of handbags and it got a bit feisty.”

Trinity, who are expected to reveal details on a new sponsorship deal with local firm Kal Group next week, host Conference North title hopefuls AFC Fylde on Saturday.