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Preedy in referee blast
11:37am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
LEDBURY Town suffered their first defeat of the West Midlands Football League Division One season, going down 3-1 at home to archrivals Bartestree.
The two have established a bitter rivalry over recent campaigns with the New Street outfit narrowly claiming the Herefordshire FA Charity Bowl and Strongbow Senior Cup.
Ledbury also pinched the Herefordshire League Premier Division title on goal difference last year.
In a 2-1 defeat to Bartestree at home last season, five men were sent off and a brawl broke out between both players and supporters.
However, those expecting another heated battle were left largely disappointed as, save for a 10-minute firsthalf period when five yellow cards were issued, the latest meeting was a surprisingly innocuous affair.
Miles Langford fired Bartestree into an 18th-minute lead before outstanding defender Daniel Hill and Tom Parry extended the lead in quick succession in the second period.
Ledbury gained a consolation as Dan Herbert smashed the ball home after being assisted by Tom Boyle.
Player-manager Phil Preedy, who was assistant boss before replacing Chris Powell after he stepped down due to family commitments, fumed: “The ref ruined the first-half by handing out cards willy-nilly and there was just no need for it.
“In the first-half we had several good chances and didn’t take one. We came in at the break a goal down, having dominated the first period.
“We thought we’d be OK in the second-half but didn’t create much.
“They know we are an attacking side and played us well, overloading us in the midfield.
“I want us to keep progressing as a club.
“Based on some of the results this season and the teams we have seen, we’ve got to be targeting a top-five or six finish.
“There is no pressure or expectation on us to win it.
We’ve stabilised over the last couple of years and don’t pay or pinch players from other clubs.
“We just have a good bunch of local lads and kids coming through the system.”
Ledbury face a third consecutive home game tomorrow (3pm) against early basement boys Hanwood United from Shropshire.
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