Bo'ness United boss Max mad over red cards in cup draw at Wick Academy
Bo’ness United manager Max Christie has branded refereeing decisions to send off two of his players in Saturday’s 2-2 Scottish Cup first-round clash at Wick Academy as “ridiculous”.
BU aces Greg Skinner and Jamie McCormack both saw red – but video footage of the incidents seems to prove that both dismissals were extremely soft and Bo’ness were awaiting the result of an appeal against the red cards as we went to press on Thursday.
“The two sendings-off were ridiculous refereeing decisions,” Christie said.
“It’s not the case that my team are behaving badly.
"It was a one on one with Greg.
"There was a challenge, Greg has landed on their player and the ref thinks he’s stamped on him. It’s innocuous.
“For the second one, Jamie’s been sent off for a tackle 25 or 30 yards outside our box.
“The ref was saying it was a goal-scoring opportunity yet we’ve got three other defenders who are shoulder to shoulder catching up.
“The opposition bench and my bench, we were all just shaking our heads.
“We are hopeful that, with evidence, the decisions will get overturned.”
Bo’ness went 1-0 down on 20 minutes against a team sitting 14th in the Highland League when a Wick corner was missed by the BU rearguard and headed in at the back post.
The BUs were level by half-time, though, as Zander Miller headed home after a free-kick had been swung in from the left.
Following Skinner’s hugely controversial dismissal for his innocuous challenge, Wick netted when the resultant free-kick from the left was headed in to go 2-1 up.
The 10-man BUs levelled with 20 minutes to go when Matty Flynn converted a cross at the back post following a breakaway and cross by Miller from the left.
Despite McCormack‘s late sending-off, Bo’ness managed to hold out for a replay at Newtown Park this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
“We really fancy our chances in the replay,” Christie said.
“Obviously we’ll need to be at our best but we’re looking to get the win.
“We showed great spirit and great character in the first game, but the refereeing decisions need to get better. It’s unacceptable.”