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Heeley fumes at key decision

Worcester Editorial 26th Mar, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

MANAGER Carl Heeley has highlighted a “game-changing minute” as the catalyst for Worcester City’s defeat against Barrow on Saturday.

The table-toppers ran out 2-0 winners at Aggborough but had goalkeeper Aaran Taylor to thank after 24 minutes when he kept out Sean Geddes’ penalty.

But the Worcester boss was adamant Andy Burns should have seen red, not yellow, for denying Geddes a goalscoring opportunity as he pulled the midfielder back when clean through in the box.

“There was a game-changing minute when there has been a foul on Geddes, subsequently missing the penalty, and the referee not sending off the player,” Heeley said.

“The rule states denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. He (Geddes) is eight yards from goal, just about to pull the trigger, the lad pulls him down, the referee agrees it is a penalty and books him.

“I am going to compare that with Aaron Brown (against Guiseley) when he pulled down the lad 35 yards from goal and that was deemed a clear goalscoring opportunity.

“So 27 yards further up the pitch I think the referee has got it wrong, but that is my opinion.”

There was some good news to come out of the game for Worcester, as Tyler Weir made his first appearance since January 11 when he broke his foot against Bradford Park Avenue.

“It is good to have him back,” Heeley added. “He is one of the best full backs in the league and we have severely missed him so it is good to have him back and have some availability.”

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