Congleton Town v Great Harwood Town
Saturday 1st May saw Harwood travel to Congleton needing a win to stay up while the home side needed a draw to remain in the Unibond 1st Division.
Congleton hadn’t won for five games; their last victory was 5-2 at the Showground. It was a game packed with controversy, the first bit was when Stuart Heaps, the home goalkeeper ran out of his area and handled the ball away from the onrushing forward. The whistle blew-he’s going off-no he’s not, not even a yellow card, just a free kick to Harwood. Paul Whalley then helped the cause no end by giving one of the Congleton midfield players a touch on the head with his own-very silly!- Off goes Whalley.
The home side scored in the first half leaving the ten men with a mountain to climb.
The second half was almost one-way traffic. Towards the end of the game we have a penalty-Horsfield’s shot is saved. Soon afterwards Horsfield runs into the area and with just the keeper to beat is chopped from behind-play on!
Lighty goes through 30 yards from goal and beats the keeper to the ball. Yes, he must score-NO! The keeper kicks him in the groin-he’s going for an early bath, isn’t he? No, play on says the ref., ably assisted by the linesman and his guide dog. Soon afterwards, Harwood got their deserved equaliser but despite constant pressure, a draw was the final outcome and relegation for the unlucky Robins.
I’ve been watching about two games a week for the last forty years and the performance of the officials was without doubt the worst that I have ever seen. I wrote to the F.A. and the Unibond League but the best that they could come up with was:
“Decisions don’t always go the way of the club you support, blah, blah, blah!”
Do you remember this game?