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FA Cup: Bashley Town ask for replay after clear goal not given

Non-league Bashley Town have written to the Football Association requesting their FA Cup first-round qualifying match against Gosport Borough is replayed after a clear goal was missed by referee Ian Bull. With the teams level at 2-2, Bashley 'scored' late on after James Stokoe struck from close range, but in frustration the Gosport keeper kicked the ball through the side netting.And, having missed the ball going in, referee Bull then awarded a corner.

"We feel cheated," Bashley vice-chairman Tim Titheridge told BBC Sport. The incident was also missed by the assistant referee and Bashley went on to lose 3-2 after extra time. It is a mistake Titheridge believes has cost them up to £10,000. "We don't blame the referee for not seeing it, but we do blame the Gosport players for not owning up," he said. Bashley have now written to the FA's competitions department requesting a replay of their replay. "We have also written to Gosport asking them to write to the FA, but we do not expect anything to happen," he added.

Bull was being assessed during the game and was told of his error after the final whistle. "He was horrified when the assessor told him he got it wrong," said Titheridge.

Titheridge added the assistant referee had been told of a hole in the side netting at half time but did nothing about it. He added: "A number of Gosport players, management staff, supporters and officials admitted that a goal should have been given, expressed sympathy and some even apologised to members of our club."

Gosport manager Alex Pike told the Daily Echo: "I spoke to my players afterwards, of the 11 on the pitch, two thought it wasn't a goal, two didn't see anything and seven said it was a goal. "The biggest clue for the referee was that all 11 Bashley players were celebrating a winning goal and only two of mine said the ball hadn't gone in. I have got a lot of sympathy for Bashley and thought they took it exceedingly well. I wouldn't have taken it as well as they did. "If the boot had been on the other foot, I would have seriously considered whether I wanted to stay in football. It was a good reason to give up."

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