Chester bemoans referee’s “immensely tough call”

Chris Chester could not have been more proud of his Wakefield side’s efforts following a 15-13 Golden Point loss, but was unhappy about the call that ended the match as well as areas of Trinity’s game.

“I’m proud of their efforts; I’ve told them not to have their heads down.

“We’re just lacking some key personnel and some quality – these blokes are trying their hardest and that’s all I can ever ask as boss of Wakefield Trinity.

“I’m hoping our luck will change shortly, but we put ourselves in a good position and we came up with a couple of errors.

“We found a way back into the game and came up with a real dumb play after we got the penalty, it’s just not good enough.

“I thought we had the ascendancy, we just lacked that polish and that execution.”

Of course, the decision which took centre stage was Robert Hicks’ call that Jay Pitts had stolen the ball from King Vuniyayawa’s grasp after the latter had been tackled.

“I thought it was tough; I need to listen to the audio and whether he’s shouted held or not or if his elbow touched the floor.

“It’s an immensely tough call; I’ve had that many messages that have said it’s the wrong call, but until I actually see it myself I can’t really comment.

“They probably shouldn’t have been down there in the first place; we missed a tackle on Konrad Hurrell so we’ve only got ourselves to blame.”

Chester also noted that two of his players were injured early on.

“We lost Jordy Crowther after ten minutes with something on his foot and we lost Dave Fifita after four minutes of his stint to a cracked rib.

“However, I thought the interchanges gave us a real spark; Eddie Battye and Chris Green had some real good touches, but we had to put Matty Ashurst to 9 and that obviously doesn’t help a great deal.”

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