Rangers travelled back over the Tamar Bridge on Saturday still trying to come to terms with some of the bizarre decisions made by the referee in their FA Vase clash with Saltash.
Just before half time the home side were awarded an “iffy” free on the edge of the box which Mehennick despatched with some force giving Luke Vernon no chance and a half time lead which “The Ashes” thoroughly deserved. The game was then turned on it’s head when two highly controversial penalties were awarded to the home side. Sitting amongst the home crowd I shared their amazement along with the Saltash players and management, who, after the game, could not believe the decisions which put the game beyond us. But did it? Joe Wilkinson pulled a goal back with a sublime finish with 15 minutes left on the clock and Saltash had taken their foot off of the pedal but then we were to suffer disappointment again as the referee turned down two very strong penalty shouts for Rangers, but nothing was forthcoming.
To put the match in context and forgetting about the match officials, Saltash were the better side and if they had taken their chances in the first half they would have been out of sight and no one would be questioning some of the decision making. We wish them well in the next round and thank them for their hospitality on the day, they are a well run club and fingers crossed they will have a good run in the competition.