David Garbacz, the manager of Premier Division leaders Hendon United Sports Club A, has accused North West Neasden A of being “bad losers” after his team went three points clear at the top of the table.
A goal from Avidan Last helped Hendon beat their title rivals for the second consecutive week in a game that Neasden finished with 10 men after keeper Max Shields was sent off after conceding a penalty.
“The winning goal led to the inevitable Neasden complaints,” said Garbacz. “As good a football team as Neasden are, I’m not sure if they have ever lost a match without it being the referee’s fault.
“As far as we were concerned, it was another three massive points that puts us in a nice challenging position in the league.”
Neasden joint-manager Darren Yarlett claimed that Last’s decisive strike should have been rule out for offside. “The goal came from a terrible decision from the ref,” Yarlett said. “He was 50 yards behind play when the assistant-referee put his flag up after the forward was five yards off.
Yarlett also criticised Hendon’s style of play. “Only one team played football over the two matches,” he said. “If their manager encourages long ball and nothing else then I’d hate to play in a side like that. To me it’s anti-football and painful on the eye.
“I think David should also remember who the most successful Jewish Sunday side has been over the last five years, and who has a bigger trophy cabinet. Let’s see what they finish with in May.”
Garbacz responded: “The lads from Neasden are all fine friendly chaps until they happen to go behind. Then all their toys tend to come flying out the pram and every official has to bear the brunt of the blame which always mars games between us. It happens every time and we expect it.
“It’s a shame as they’re playing nice football and should steer away from it.”