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Frome Town manager criticises ref over 'stamp'

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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Frome Town manager Darren Perrin criticised the referee for failing to pick up on "stamping and kicking" during a flashpoint of his side's 0-0 FA Cup draw at Larkhall Athletic on Saturday.

Mike Perrott was sent off after a first-half incident which saw him lying near the home dugout following a tackle and then swing a first-aid bag at Larkhall's Ben Horan.

Perrin claimed that his midfielder came in for some rough treatment while on the floor and it was that which prompted his retaliation.

The Frome boss admitted that his side's discipline needs to improve, having had four players sent off in seven matches, but believes that poor decisions are costing his side, having also been denied a penalty in last Wednesday's defeat at home to Leamington.

"I'm getting fed up – I've kept my mouth shut until now, but the standard of officials at the moment is beyond belief," said Perrin. "It's an embarrassment, an absolute joke.

"Their bench, and a certain person – he knows who he is – has got a lot to answer for. "Stamping on a player and kicking a person when he's on the floor, with the position he's in at the club, I don't think he should be doing that. Our players are very angry.

"It would not even have got to the situation it got to if people just let it go. But when he's on the floor and someone's holding him down while somebody's stamping and kicking, I don't think that's appropriate in the game of football.

"But it's something I've got to address as well – that's four sendings off this season and when you haven't got a massive squad it can hurt us. We've got to be careful and our discipline's got to be slightly better."

Despite the incident, Perrin was pleased with his side's performance, which earned a first qualifying round replay at the AlderSmith Stadium last night. A home tie against Blue Square Bet South side Weston-super-Mare awaits the winners.

Perrin was also delighted with the fitness levels his team displayed on Saturday after playing for more than an hour with ten men.

"It was a decent performance, the important thing in these games is that you don't get beaten," he said.

"There's certainly no worries on fitness. One or two of their lads went down with cramp and they used all three subs, but we didn't have to use ours."

Frome return to league action with a trip to Cambridge City on Saturday (3pm) before hosting Weymouth on Wednesday (7.45pm).

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