SELSEY’S 1-1 draw with Ringmer in Sussex League division one was shrouded in controversy after the Blues claimed a Graham Bush effort had crossed the line.
The Blues were convinced they had grabbed all three points when Bush rounded the Ringmer keeper and slid the ball towards goal, only for his effort to be scrambled away by a defender.
The linesman decided the ball had not crossed the line and play continued - to the disbelief of the home-side.
Selsey manager Ryan Pharo was adamant the goal should have been given, saying: “It was at least 3ft over the line before their defender got a foot to it, but the linesman wasn’t in line with the play so he didn’t give it.
“We completely dominated the game but we should of capitalised really. It was one point that should have been three.”
Selsey got off to a poor start in the first half with the away side setting the tempo for much of the early stages.
Ringmer got their rewards in the 36th minute through centre-back Jamie Bunn but were pegged back a minute before the break when Rob Wimble bagged the equaliser.
Wimble had a tap-in after Dan Martin’s parried shot fell kindly to the prolific striker.
The complexion of the game changed after the interval and Selsey came out much stronger, creating several chances.
But they could not break down Ringmer’s defence - apart from the Bush goal-that-was-never-was.
Selsey slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Littlehampton on Tuesday night. Matt Wood was the scorer.
The Blues travel to promotion candidates East Grinstead this week and Pharo is fully aware of their hosts’ abilities, saying: “They are one of those teams that could go up this season and hold their own. It’s going to be a tough game. We’ve trained well though and had two good training sessions last week so we’ve had time to prepare.”