VCD hit out at Nolan over penalty
Lowestoft Town striker Matt Nolan has been accused of diving to earn his side a crucial opening goal at the weekend. The high-flying Blues eventually overcame VCD Athetic 2-0 at Crown Meadow on Saturday to maintain their impressive start to life in the Ryman League Division One North.
Lowestoft Town striker Matt Nolan has been accused of diving to earn his side a crucial opening goal at the weekend.
The high-flying Blues eventually overcame VCD Athetic 2-0 at Crown Meadow on Saturday to maintain their impressive start to life in the Ryman League Division One North.
But their hard-fought victory - which they will be attempting to follow up against Waltham Forest tonight - has been tarnished by the comments of the Kent outfit's manager Paul Foley, who was furious with Nolan's role in the second half penalty that changed the course of the game.
VCD defender Anthony Hogg was adjudged to have clipped the frontman's heels as he broke into the area - but that's not the way Foley saw it, and he wasn't mincing his words in an interview on the club's official website this week.
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"I could not fault any of the lads and had the referee made the correct decision, which should have been a booking for their lad rather than a penalty, we would have stood a great chance of getting a draw at least," he said. "I am not blaming the forward, if the referee had picked him up on it in the first half when he kept going down then I am sure he would not have done it in the second half. If you are allowed to get away with it you will continue to do it and he did just that. I am not a fan of that type of play at all, despised it when I played and dislike it even more as a manager. They (Lowestoft) are the best side we have played by some distance and if I were a betting man I would back them for the title. They shouldn't need leg-ups to win games really but they definitely got one against us."
Lowestoft will be anxious to put the controversy behind them tonight when they travel to Ilford's Cricklefield Stadium to take on mid-table Waltham Forest (7.45pm).
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The Blues are embarking on a hectic run of fixtures that will see them play 16 times in little over two months - after getting through just 12 fixtures so far due to commitments in various cup competitions. Joint managers Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher must decide whether to tinker with a winning side as midfielder Andrew Fisk is available again after missing the VCD game through suspension.