Batch refuses to blame officials after controversial winner robs Wroxham of Ryman Division One North point
15:26 28 January 2013
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Boss David Batch refused to blame a controversial corner decision after an injury-time goal consigned Wroxham to defeat on Saturday.
Jamie Forshaw’s strike had looked set to help the Yachtsmen return from Thameshead with a point until the hosts found the net with a hotly-disputed winner.
Ashley Probets’ corner, which Wroxham believed should have never been given, was eventually smashed home by Algerian loanee sub Enoch Adjei, in his last game for the club. However, Batch didn’t look to point the finger at the officials and admitted his men only had themselves to blame for their roles in the build-up to the award of the set piece.
The Wroxham boss said: “Unfortunately it was at the other end to me so I couldn’t see if it was a corner or not.
“Their press guy was behind the goal and he said it didn’t cross the line and shouldn’t have been a corner. These things sometimes go for you and sometimes against you. I thought our ’keeper (Michael Hilton) was also fouled during the move but saying all that we had three opportunities leading up to the corner to have done a better job so it didn’t have to get to that. If we had done we wouldn’t have been talking about the goal now.”
It was a sweet moment for a Mead side who lost 4-3 at Trafford Park earlier this term, thanks to a late strike. The defeat leaves Batch’s Step Four new-boys sitting 18th in the 22-team Ryman Division One North.
And the Wroxham boss, pictured, insisted he knows exactly what his side have to do in order to start getting more points on the board in the coming months.
He said: “I know what the issues are and we’re working to resolve them. Last season, up until Christmas, we had the best defensive record of any club from Step Five of non-league to the Premier League, apart from Man City.
“It was taking something like 15 shots before people scored against us and we weren’t letting teams get many in. We’re giving away too many easy goals at the minute. The third goal we conceded at Tilbury came from 80 yards away, so our defending all over the pitch has got to be better.”
Wroxham travel to Premier Division Concord Rangers, weather permitting, tomorrow for a rearranged League Cup quarter-final tie. Batch said: “It will be a really tough game. I’m fairly sure Concord will get in the play-offs to get into the Conference set-up. You can’t get much more difficult than that but it’s brilliant because we’re not expected to win and we’ll be looking at something a bit different to see how we deal with it.
“If we can go there and defend well that will probably be how we defend in the league. In our first season at Step Four we’ve got to the quarter-final of the League Cup and if we get through we’ll play Hastings – who played Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round. We’re playing with the big boys.
“We’ve got a Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final to look forward to. We’re only a little village team with a budget lower than half of the Thurlow Nunn League. We’re used to winning things and we won’t win the league but we’ve still got a chance in a couple of cups.”