Heriot-Watt shocked as handball claim is waved away

Sean Mushin's header appeared to be pushed on to the bar by a hand
Sean Mushin's header appeared to be pushed on to the bar by a hand
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Heriot-Watt head coach Chris Smith felt aggrieved his side were not awarded a penalty for a handball incident in Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate with promotion rivals Ormiston at Recreation Park.

Sean Muhsin’s header at the start of the second period appeared to be net-bound but the ball was alleged to have struck the hand of Ormiston defender Ryan Hall before hitting the bar and being cleared from danger.

“We felt frustrated after watching that because the referee can see that there has been contact with the hand,” said Smith.

“We have two important home games coming up against Kelso so it’s important we get the full points from those games.”

The students are eight points behind Ormiston with two games in hand but a victory over Kelso at Riccarton (7.30pm kick-off) tonight would reduce that deficit, with Watt’s last four league matches all on the road.

Ormiston manager Brian Johnston was more pleased with the outcome of the match than his opposite number, and also felt some sympathy over the handball incident.

“I wouldn’t have been happy if it was the other way around so I can understand Chris’ frustration” said Johnston. “A point is better for us, although I felt we had a couple of great chances in the first half.”

Ormiston now have a double-header against unbeaten league leaders Peebles Rovers, starting with tomorrow night’s clash at Recreation Park (6.45pm kick-off). “We have to target a minimum of four points from the next two games which won’t be easy but it would put us in a solid position for second place,” said Johnston.