Mark Shaw has questioned the worth of the Sheffield Senior Cup, and slammed the refereeing in Tuesday night’s shock defeat at Swallownest.
The Worksop Town boss also had harsh words for his young players, who were two goals down before having captain Jake Scott sent off – wrongly, in Shaw’s eyes.
Speaking after Tigers lost 2-1 to a side two divisions below them, Shaw made it clear he was no fan of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association competition.
“I hate this competition, as a player I played for Parkgate and they got to the final and the manager left me out of the squad because I hadn’t been there enough,” he said.
“Every year we have a weak, Sunday League referee.”
“I’m not saying the sending off has broken the tie, because they’ve worked hard you have to give them credit, but I’ll be perfectly honest the referee sent Scotty off for a 50:50 tackle.”
“If he hadn’t gone inhe would have got a broken leg. But the other kid didn’t get sent off.”
“That red card decision is ridiculous.”
“Their number eight in the first half wraps both feet around Jack Waddle, and only gets a yellow.”
Shaw congratulated Swallownest on their victory and wished them well in the next round, but questioned the benefits of continuing to play in the competition in the future.
“I really think we need to consider what we do with this competition, whether it’s worth us being a part of it or not because I don’t feel like it is,” he said.
“I hate the competition, it’s not organised properly by those at the top.”
“I can understand the pro clubs not wanting to be involved using their Under 21s, because they’ll end up having young players not protected by referees.”
His fury wasn’t limited to referee Luke Lazenby and the county football authorities however.
“The penalty was a bad decision by Tom Burgin, we’ve made a bad tackle for the second goal through Luke Weaver. We’ve made some bad decisions,” he conceded.
“How many chances have we missed? Fifteen?”
“Chris Whincop could have had a triple hat-trick.”
“I’ve learned a lot about my team tonight, about young players who have got to either step up to the mark or they’re not ready at all for us.”
Shaw and Worksop Town return to league action on Saturday at Barton Town Old Boys.
The draw for the FA Vase has given Tigers a home game, on the weekend of 21st, 22nd and 23rd November.
A date has yet to be decided for the game, against Ellistown & Ibstock United of the East Midlands Counties League » Premier Division