Hailsham Town boss Andy Goodchild was critical of the officiating during his side’s 3-1 loss to Dorking Wanderers on Tuesday.
The first referee over-ruled an offside call from his linesman in the lead-up to Dorking’s first goal, before waving away a blatant handball in the box.
He was replaced at half-time, allowing a club official to run the line - one who later disallowed a Hailsham equaliser.
Goodchild said “I am very disappointed by the results of the first two games but not the performances. Second half in both games we were very good, creating chances and if it wasn’t for ex-pro Nicky Forster and some suboptimal officiating at Dorking I think we deserved points from both games.
“However, you don’t always get what you deserve from the game and while we are creating chances, we do look goal shy on occasions.
“We desperately need a finisher to play off Drew Greenall then I think we will really begin to hurt teams the way we play.”
Steve Dallaway scored the single goal for the Stringers.
On Saturday, Hailsham travel to Molesey in the first qualifying round of the FA Challenge Cup.
See Tuesday’s Gazette for match report.