BISHOP’S Cleeve boss Alex Sykes was left understandably frustrated as his Villagers side suffered a second successive league defeat with visitors Halesowen Town firing in a last minute penalty to secure victory at Kayte Lane on Wednesday evening, but the 37 year old manager had no complaints with regard his own sides performances, writes Richard Joyce.
Off the back of a determined performance at the weekend which saw Sykes chargers lose out to promotion chasing Thatcham, Halesowen provided another significant obstacle in the Villagers fight for points on Wednesday but the Yeltz snatched all three at the death as Lee Chilton slotted home a 89th minute spot kick to hand Halesowen a much needed boost following four successive defeats.
And it was a penalty kick which Cleeve boss Sykes was unsure as to if it should have been given after speaking to his goalkeeper, James Nortei, who was yellow carded for bringing down Yeltz substitute Justin Niblett with full time just minutes away.
“Jimmy (Nortei) has said to me he’s touched it and I think that the position that the ball went and the way it travelled after it left him you could see that he got something on it,” said Sykes.
“So it’s a disappointing refereeing decision and I don’t criticise referees very often because I think generally for us tonight he was okay. It’s just the turning point of the game and he has got one wrong.”
The least Bishop’s Cleeve deserved was a point and Sykes was understandably frustrated that his troops put in a good shift and were rewarded with nothing.
“The lads have done everything I’ve asked of them. We’ve bossed the game, their keeper has been the busiest, we’ve hit the woodwork, and we’ve put more balls in to the box tonight than we have done all season but just haven’t got on the end of something.
“I think on our second half performance we should have got three points. We bossed the second half and that’s credit to my boys. It’s just not come off for us tonight.”
Heading in to the game at the weekend against big spending Sholing, Cleeve are boosted with the return of loan striker Marc McGregor and Sykes is more than aware how important it is that his side are full of confidence heading in to the game.
“The lads have to re-charge their batteries over the next two or three days and will hopefully come in all firing.
“Hopefully the lads can be disappointed with tonight and the manner in which we lost but be rejuvenated for Saturday.”
Bishop’s Cleeve entertain Sholing on Saturday at Kayte Lane with a 3pm kick off.