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Shone insists poor officiating cost Burnham FC in FA Cup defeat to Tiverton Town

Burnham FC were the better team and refereeing cost them the chance to progress in the FA Cup, manager Paul Shone has insisted.

The Blues fell to a 3-2 home defeat to Southern League Premier Division South outfit Tiverton Town on Saturday, despite taking the lead twice in the FA Cup first qualifying round.

But Shone was left fuming at what he described as a series of errors made by officials for all three of Tiverton’s goals.

“We were unlucky,” he said.

“I am not one to pin the blame or criticise the officials but on Saturday they cost us.”

Burnham twice went in front, first with Gavin James finishing calmly in the first half and Cameron Rohart-Brown finding the net in the second.

Tiverton cancelled out James’ goal after being awarded a penalty when a Burnham clearance caught one of the Blues’ hands in the penalty area.

Shone said he believed his keeper had been fouled in the build up to Tiverton’s second equaliser, which the referee did not react to, before a player for the visitors collided with his own and was awarded a free kick, which was scored.

“All three goals were poor from whatever circumstances you look at it from,” Shone said.

“We were the better side, for the majority of the game we were the better side.”

Burnham recovered to see off Banbury United’s development team 4-0 at the Gore in the Floodlit Cup on Tuesday.

“It was a good run out.

“It was a good solid performance,” he said, pleased that the players did not take the opposition for granted.

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