Blackfield & Langley shock title-chasers Horndean
Blackfield & Langley FC 2
Horndean FC 1
BLACKFIELD & Langley took three massive points with a controversial 2-1 win over title contenders Horndean.
The Watersiders tore up the form book with the victory, thanks to goals from Owen Fee and Luke Gray – and favourable decisions from the referee.
At full-time, Horndean boss Michael Birmingham, outraged at what he felt was unfair officiating, received a red card. He thought a disallowed first-half goal from Chad Field should have stood, and the decision to sin-bin Rob Taw was unfair.
It took seven minutes for the Watersiders to take the lead when Fee drove towards the goal from the left before tucking the ball past former Portsmouth keeper Leon Pitman.
Horndean appeared to have levelled the match in the 42nd minute when Field headed in at a corner. However, the referee ruled out the goal for a foul on keeper Amad Skrzyniarz.
Deans skipper Ash Howes drew the visitors level on 52 minutes.
Blackfield & Langley received a free-kick after Jack Lee brought down Fee, who had broken free on the counter. Lee received a yellow before Taw was sin-bin after exchanging with the referee.
Blackfield punished their indiscipline immediately when Gray headed home the resulting free-kick from close range to make it 2-1.
The Watersiders saw out the game superbly to take three points from a frustrated Horndean.
Blackfield & Langley: A. Skrzyniarz, C. Khider, J. Francis, J. Nicholls, F. Saadi, L. Gray, D. Panesar-Dower, S. Makhloufi, A. Zintany, O. Fee, F. Monk. Subs: N. Meddah, T. Man, W. Robinson, S. Bacha, D. Todd.