Officials must be strong as Boston United take on North Ferriby - Greene

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Dennis Greene believes that round two of Boston United versus North Ferriby needs a strong referee as the two rivals prepare to trade blows once again.

The Pilgrims boss was left fuming at what he believed to be the Villagers’ spoiling tactics in the first leg on Wednesday night.

Ferriby made the contest a physical affair, with big target man Tom Denton feeling most of the home suport’s ire following a series of aerial challenges which left Grant Roberts, Scott Garner and Carl Piergianni among those needing attention.

Match official Simon Barrow hardly covered himself in glory on Wednesday with a series of baffling and inconsistent decisions after refusing to stamp out his authority early on.

And now Greene hopes for a stronger referee today (KO 3pm).

When asked what he wants from the second leg, he said: “Somebody that can deal with the occasion. That game was too big.

“The ref’s given us two yellow cards before he’s even booked Denton.

“Without a doubt, he led with the elbow. You can’t keep doing it.

“He got away with it all game. He must’ve elbowed five players, and they spotted one and gave him a yellow card.”

United will take a 2-0 aggregate lead to Church Road thanks to goals from Roberts and Zak Mills.