Wberton manager Joe Greswell admitted Cleethorpes Town Reserves deserved their three points on Saturday... but he was left questioning the penalty decision which saw the hosts draw lavel.
Ben Jaques had put the Colts in front before Town levelled from the spot for an apparent push in the box which left the away team baffled.
“It was a tight game and Cleethorpes, with the home advantage, just edged it for me,” Greswell said after the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League contest.
“I’m not saying Cleethorpes won the game because of the penalty, that’s not fair on them, but it certainly helped them on their way.
“It’s not a penalty, I don’t think. I always look at players’s reactions and not one of the Cleethorpes players appealed for the penalty, and out of nowhere the linesman is flagging.
“I suppose it happens. After that, they looked like the team who would go on to win the game.”
The first have was tight, the weather playing its part as the rain poured down.
Cleethorpes starting the better side but didn’t make clear-cut chances.
Curtis Revell had Wyberton’s best chance of the half but the post came to Cleethorpes’s rescue.
Against the run of play Wyberton found themselves 1-0 up early in the second half.
Jon Macleod’s cross wasn’t held by the Cleethorpes keeper and Jaques was there to tap in when the keeper dropped the ball.
The lead didn’t last long as Cleethorpes equalised from the penalty spot.
To the amazement of most of the players, the linesman flagged to award the home side a penalty when he felt the Wyberton defender pushed an attacker to the ground.
Cleethorpes then took the lead from an absolute rocket of a strike which was good enough to win any game.
A long ball was played forward towards the Wyberton frontline, only for it to be picked up in the middle of the park.
The Cleethorpes man had time to travel and hit an absolute screamer which flew into the top of the Wyberton net.
As Wyberton pushed for an equaliser the hosts finished the Colts off by scoring a third.
They broke on the counter and finished the move from close range.
Despite the Colts’ five-game winning run coming to an end, Greswell refused to feel downbeat.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves for too long as we have another massive game away at Grimsby Borough Reserves,” he added.
“And if we want to be the right end of the table we have to go there and get three points. The lads know that.”
On Saturday Grimsby Borough Reserves host Wyberton in the Lincs League (KO 2pm).