Wimborne Town manager Steve Cuss praised his side for not giving up after the Magpies rescued a late point against high-flying Yate Town at Cuthbury.
The visitors reacted with fury after the Magpies were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time, trailing 3-2. Matt Kemble slotted home the spot kick to rescue a deserved point for the hosts.
Cuss thought the referee made the correct decision and that it was just what his side deserved.
“I’ve got nothing but praise for my players” he said. “There’s a coming together in the box and the referee has had to make a difficult decision.
“The pleasing thing for us is that our right back has got himself into the box in the 92nd minute of the game and we got our just rewards for doing that.
”There was a huge amount of pressure on Matt (Kemble) because he’s not the penalty taker as we’ve got Mark Gamble. It was the first one he’s had the opportunity to take and to have it so late in the game puts even more pressure on him and I’m delighted that he tucked it away.”
On another night, Wimborne could have comfortably taken three points against their physical opponents. Sloppy defending led to three soft goals being conceded – while Cuss also praised goal-scorers George Webb and Sam Griffin.
Webb and Griffin took their goals superbly, while Yate’s opening goal was as controversial as the penalty, after striker Lewis Haldane went down under very little pressure to win a free kick.
“They were probably the worst three goals we’ve given away all season” added Cuss. “They were poor defensive errors on our part, but every time we had a disappointment, we kept on going.
“We were disappointed with the free kick. We thought the lad went down a little bit too easy and we weren’t brave enough in the wall to defend it so it was a sloppy one to concede.
“George Webb is on a decent little run of goals at the moment. Sam (Griffin) has also stepped up so I'm delighted with our two wide lads. When they are on form they are a real threat. I thought both of them were terrific.”