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King’s Lynn mocked for uploading video highlights of refereeing incidents during own matches

King’s Lynn Town have been getting mocked for uploading video highlights of refereeing incidents during their own matches.

The Linnets are in a serious relegation battle, and their hope for survival looks all but gone with the side 13 points from safety after 32 games played.

Their last game was a 3-2 defeat at home to Torquay United, and following this encounter, the Norfolk outfit published a series of videos, each showing a separate incident.

Torquay United ended their four-game drawing streak with Danny Wright scoring twice and Stephen Duke-McKenna getting on the scoresheet – as the Gulls try to keep their playoffs hopes alive.

Linnets manager Tommy Widdrington vented his anger at not just the defending, but also a number of contentious decisions.

He took a swipe at the match officials, saying: “That’s the minimum requirement in a football match – effort and application.

“I know I know what I am doing, and I know my staff are delivering the right information about the opposition – some players just can’t follow those instructions, they are not at the level.

“Awful defending – people who are not good enough in that situation – got to take that on the chin. Absolutely way below this level defensively.

“The problem you have got with the set of players that have been put together here is if one department is working well, the other one can’t, and if the other department is working well, that one can’t.

“So, again, it is about levels of the game.

“Whoever accumulated this group of players before I got here has a lot to answer for. If we hadn’t defending like Coco the clown at the back we probably win the game.”

Aaron Downes was at the helm for the game with manager Gary Johnson staying at home with a bug, though he was in constant contact with Johnson right up until the game and the Gaffer was happy with the three points and feeling better.

Downes said: “It was a fantastic win for all of us, the boys put a fantastic effort in and they had to work hard for it and earn it. To be polite, it wasn’t the prettiest of pitches to play the most attractive football. So we had to adjust to the conditions, to the pitch, and I thought the boys performed the game plan perfectly – especially in the first half.

“In the second half we got a goal at the right time, it was a good time to score, and we mentioned at half time about the lack of goals we scored after half time. So it was important that they went out and did that. That was fantastic.

“Then it was a great finish from their player to make it a bit of a nervy finish really. The way they are, the position they are in, and with the big lad up front, they were always going to go direct and put us under pressure.

“So it was important that the players stood up to that onslaught – and they did. We rode our luck a bit at times but in saying that we probably could have been out of sight in the first half if we had taken our opportunities.”

Johnson, who should be fit to travel to Halifax, said: “They are all massive [points] of course as we get to this stage of the season, but when you play a team like King’s Lynn – when people are expecting you to win – and you can see how important it was to them as well and their team gives it a go. So I am pleased we have come away from that one, which was a bit of a banana skin, because people do expect you to win.”

“The lads and the staff did a great job,” added Johnson. “It’s very frustrating listening on the radio when I can’t make any changes. I thought about ringing Downesy up about four times but I trusted him and didn’t in the end. And it came out well. It’s a strange feeling on a Saturday afternoon to be sitting at home – but I couldn’t have gone, to be fair, because it was a long trip and there’s not enough facilities on the way.

“Somebody who takes the pressure has to take the glory and that’s what Aaron has done and he is very conscientious – and he is going to be a good manager anyway when he feels it is right and he is ready. He is a great assistant. At this moment in time we enjoy working with each other and he talks my language, which has now become our language. We sort of trust each other explicitly in that we are preaching the same words.”


SEE MORE: King’s Lynn’s Stephen Cleeve hits out at referees for unfairly targetting his side

As mentioned, King’s Lynn are getting mocked for uploading video highlights of refereeing incidents during their own matches…

@ImNotIan: Who is running their socials? They aren’t coming across well

@dan_thetall_man: Hope nobody tells them about the Play Off Final last year 🤐

@Rodentcrap: They should watch our playoff final last year ffs! Shit happens…

@ShrimpersTalk: Happened all season unfortunately I’m yet to see a good national league referee at Roots Hall

@ccalciok: Have they released the one of their lad playing basketball in the 18-yard-box against #GTFC? Probably not; refereeing at this level is generally very poor – for all teams.

@Andygarside2: Who’s fault is it really? It’s the responsibility of the national league to ensure the standard of refereeing is high enough but they obviously aren’t capable. These guys are part timers, maybe it’s time the national league stepped up to the plate!

@MA_athlete: However good or bad you think a referee is, without them there is no game. And at the end of the season, the table doesn’t lie. IMO refs at this level are part-time, trying to keep up with younger, fitter, professional / semi-pro players.

@Colchesterviews: Watched all those, thinking I was going to see something terrible. I didn’t the handballs can go anyway, and he forgot whose ball it was. Desperation from Kings Lynn there. Sorry.

@jwilko84: Desperation – agree but to say that those clips don’t include some terrible officiating isn’t true. Drop ball one is bonkers, handball for the goal is as clear as anything – he’s dropped sizeable bollocks regardless of how badly Kings Lynn are reacting

@Frostie1983: The drop ball is 100% the correct decision as is the “handball” goal – even the Kings Lynn manager said the handball was accidental. As usual, he’s spouting off without reading or understanding the laws of the game.

@jwilko84: Handball – his hand isn’t in a natural position at all. Similar to Middlesbrough at old Trafford though so it’s personal interpretation of intent. The drop ball one he a)doesn’t need to stop the game for injury at that point, or b) play it uncontested.

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