Batch furious as Wroxham’s brave challenge comes to a halt
Dover Town 3, Wroxham Town 1: Wroxham boss David Batch was left fuming at rookie ref Charles Breakspear for two red cards, as Dover came from behind to knock nine-man Wroxham out of the FA Cup.
Defenders Josh Carus and Danny Self got their marching orders – but the dismissal of Carus on the stroke of half-time changed the course of the game, in favour of the Blue Square South outfit.
With Wroxham leading 1-0 thanks to Ross Durrant's fine 10th-minute opener, and dominating the game. Carus – already on a yellow – blocked the ball as goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz prepared to launch a Dover attack.
'Josh was not even facing their keeper, he was was running back towards our goal,' fumed Batch.
'It's an immature decision from a referee that hasn't got a clue about football.
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'The ref is a 23-year-old kid who has no man-management skills, and we're out of the cup because he was poor.'
But Whites' manager Nicky Forster said it was the correct decision.
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'It was a blatant handball from their player as my keeper got ready to set us on a counter-attack, and by the letter of the law you've got to book the player for that,' said the one-time Ipswich Town striker.
Batch believes the result would have been very different if it had remained 11 versus 11.
'I think we would have won the game as they couldn't deal with us,' he said.
'My players were magnificent coming up against a team three leagues higher, and we bossed the game.'
Dover, with a man advantage, took just seven minutes into the second period to equalise through Ed Harris. Two goals in the last 10 minutes from James Walker and Donovan Simmonds sealed their place in the next round.
• Dover: Jaimez-Ruiz, Huke, Wynter, Battipiedi, Schulz, Harris, Cutler (Cogan 64), Southam, Bricknell (Walker 77), Purcell (Simmonds 64), Redwood. Goals: Harris (52), Walker (83), Simmonds (89). Bookings: Battipiedi.
• Wroxham: Howie, Self, Howes, Carus, Challen, Eastaugh, Durrant (Oakley 87), Lemmon, Daniels, Thompson, Gilmore (Jones 72). Goal: Durrant (10). Bookings: Gilmore, Carus, Self, Lemmon. Red cards: Carus 45, Self 90.
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