Ref at centre of controversy as Bodmin are held
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Young referee Ben Judd was at the centre of controversy at Priory Park after he reversed a penalty decision he gave to visitors Bovey Tracey three minutes from time.
With the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League premier division match finely poised, Mr Judd pointed to the spot when Nick Doel tripped Tom Kelly two yards inside the penalty area.
But as Bovey prepared to take the spot kick, several Bodmin players asked the referee to consult his linesman. It appears the linesman said there had been an offence outside the penalty area immediately before the trip, and persuaded the referee to change his mind.
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The decision incensed Bovey’s officials, who made their feelings known to the referee on the pitch at the end of the game.
Bovey had every right to feel aggrieved. They had more than matched a disjointed Bodmin side who rarely threatened the visitors’ goal, and in Kelly had the best player on the pitch.
Kelly caused havoc along the right wing in the second half, carving out several chances and also firing high and wide when two team-mates were waiting on the far post.
He also created Bovey’s goal, which came three minutes before half-time. A long but deliberately aimed clearance by goalkeeper Tom Brooks found Kelly in acres of space wide on the left and his excellent low cross was sidefooted into the net by Sam Dicken.
Things might have been different had Sam Matthews headed Bodmin in front after only six minutes, as he should have done. An inch perfect cross from the right by Matt Lindsay found Matthews six yards out but he lifted his effort over the bar.
Tom Chambers came close to equalising ten minutes into the second half with a downward header from a Lindsay corner, but a Bovey defender did well to clear from under the bar.
Kelly was always a threat on the break for Bovey but Bodmin built a spell a pressure which eventually led to an equaliser by their man of the match Lee Doel.
Having taken a good pass from teenage substitute Josh Howell, he ran forward and fired in a superb left foot shot from 25 yards to make it 1-1 in the 75th minute.
But there was no great momentum in Bodmin’s finish to the game and they have now taken only one point from their opening three home league games this season.
On Wednesday night they are at home again when Newquay, managed by former Bodmin manager Alan Carey, are the visitors.
Bodmin: Miller, Reed, Jewell, Chambers, Simmonds, L Doel, Matthews, Lindsay (Howell 70), Hodge, Drummond (N Doel, ht), Morgan. Sub not used: McNary.
Goal: L Doel (75).
Yellow card: Lindsay (66).
Bovey Tracey: Brooks, Clark, Walters, C Kelly, Pascoe, Head, Plackett, Taylor, Dicken, Bowker (Stanbridge 74), T Kelly. Subs not used: Pilling, Fisher.
Goal: Dicken (42).
Yellow cards: Taylor (71), Clark (72), Dicken (75).
Referee: Ben Judd.