Coach Gary Thornton hits out after York City Knights' defeat at Gloucestershire All Golds

York City Knights tacklers repel a Gloucestershire All Golds attackPicture: Lewis Mitchell

York City Knights tacklers repel a Gloucestershire All Golds attackPicture: Lewis Mitchell

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HEAD coach Gary Thornton blasted the performance of referee Peter Brook after watching his York City Knights side blow the chance to go back to the top of Championship One – but he did not blame the officials for defeat.

Thornton headed straight for man-in-the-middle Brook at the end of the Knights’ 24-22 reverse at Gloucestershire All Golds after the Mancunian sent off Austin Bell with half an hour to go and, right at the death, awarded York a penalty with which to equalise only to change his mind and give the decision to the hosts.

Two points for a draw would have taken the 12-man Knights back to the summit as leaders Hunslet were not in action while Oldham, level on points with York, were losing at Hemel. Instead they ended with only a bonus point, having led 16-0 inside the first quarter.

Asked about Brook’s last-minute decision, Thornton said: “It’s a mystery to me.

“I hope he watches the DVD because I thought he was a disgrace.

“If it wasn’t a stonewall penalty I don’t know what is.

“But we didn’t lose because of the poor referee. We have to look at ourselves.”

Of the sending-off, he said: “It was a strange one. I’d like to know the referee’s view. Austin went in swinging but he did not start the incident. It was started by their guy (Jack Francis) – they were the first to swing. The initial penalty was against them – had he not done that there would not have been any comeback from my players.

“It (the red card) did turn the game against a very enthusiastic team.

“But I’m disappointed with my boys’ attitude. To go 16 up looking comfortable and then blow it is unacceptable."

He added: “I’m massively disappointed. At 16-0 up we sat back and thought the game was won.

“We started terrifically well. We got the journey out of our legs quickly and the things we’d worked on in training worked well.

“But we pressed the self-destruct button and from there it was a nightmare.

“The boys are complaining about the referee but I said to them we lost not because of what the referee did but because of what we did.

“We showed in that first 20 how clinical we can be and how well we can execute plays, but in that last 60 we showed how poor we can be.

“I think the boys expected Gloucestershire to fold but you can’t expect that of anyone in this division. They kept coming and coming.

“Beating Hunslet 40-0 (last time out) and then performing like that for 60 minutes – I can’t get my head around it.”

The All Golds have now taken ten points from a possible 12 since Scotland boss Steve McCormack took charge.

Asked about the refereeing performance, McCormack said: “There is no way anyone can take anything away from the All Golds. It was a good performance by a hard-working team.

“The sending-off was a contributing factor but we had to dig in to win that. It would be disappointing if anybody instead looked at the referee.

“I think York are the best team in the division and that for us was a big win.”

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9:41pm Sun 8 Jun 14

laner11111 says...

come on gary lets face it you have lost the dressing room! inconsistant results point to players not giving 100% week in week out and a coach who has lost control and respect of those players.
come on gary lets face it you have lost the dressing room! inconsistant results point to players not giving 100% week in week out and a coach who has lost control and respect of those players. laner11111
  • Score: 1

9:49am Mon 9 Jun 14

Dr Brian says...

It shows how little interest this city has in the York Knights - If YCFC had been beaten by such a lowly team there would be dozens of comments by now but this article has been live for 15 hours and mine is the second comment!

I suppose the level that York Knights are playing their games at warrants the lack of interest - such a shame though as they are representing our city.
It shows how little interest this city has in the York Knights - If YCFC had been beaten by such a lowly team there would be dozens of comments by now but this article has been live for 15 hours and mine is the second comment! I suppose the level that York Knights are playing their games at warrants the lack of interest - such a shame though as they are representing our city. Dr Brian
  • Score: -1

4:25pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Otaku241 says...

Dr Brian wrote:
It shows how little interest this city has in the York Knights - If YCFC had been beaten by such a lowly team there would be dozens of comments by now but this article has been live for 15 hours and mine is the second comment!

I suppose the level that York Knights are playing their games at warrants the lack of interest - such a shame though as they are representing our city.
As I've already mentioned York City fans use the Press to comment on stories and have their say, Knights fans don't use the Press we use a different site.

We're still in a higher position in our league than City were ever in in theirs last season, and I'm sure they've lost to many a 'lowly team', they're in League 2 for Christ sake.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Brian[/bold] wrote: It shows how little interest this city has in the York Knights - If YCFC had been beaten by such a lowly team there would be dozens of comments by now but this article has been live for 15 hours and mine is the second comment! I suppose the level that York Knights are playing their games at warrants the lack of interest - such a shame though as they are representing our city.[/p][/quote]As I've already mentioned York City fans use the Press to comment on stories and have their say, Knights fans don't use the Press we use a different site. We're still in a higher position in our league than City were ever in in theirs last season, and I'm sure they've lost to many a 'lowly team', they're in League 2 for Christ sake. Otaku241
  • Score: 2

6:51pm Mon 9 Jun 14

turbosview says...

Otaku241 wrote:
Dr Brian wrote:
It shows how little interest this city has in the York Knights - If YCFC had been beaten by such a lowly team there would be dozens of comments by now but this article has been live for 15 hours and mine is the second comment!

I suppose the level that York Knights are playing their games at warrants the lack of interest - such a shame though as they are representing our city.
As I've already mentioned York City fans use the Press to comment on stories and have their say, Knights fans don't use the Press we use a different site.

We're still in a higher position in our league than City were ever in in theirs last season, and I'm sure they've lost to many a 'lowly team', they're in League 2 for Christ sake.
dont compare knights with york city we are in higher league
you playing in a league like the northern premier
[quote][p][bold]Otaku241[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Brian[/bold] wrote: It shows how little interest this city has in the York Knights - If YCFC had been beaten by such a lowly team there would be dozens of comments by now but this article has been live for 15 hours and mine is the second comment! I suppose the level that York Knights are playing their games at warrants the lack of interest - such a shame though as they are representing our city.[/p][/quote]As I've already mentioned York City fans use the Press to comment on stories and have their say, Knights fans don't use the Press we use a different site. We're still in a higher position in our league than City were ever in in theirs last season, and I'm sure they've lost to many a 'lowly team', they're in League 2 for Christ sake.[/p][/quote]dont compare knights with york city we are in higher league you playing in a league like the northern premier turbosview
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9:44pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Yorkest says...

I like the idea of supporting your town/City what ever the sport.
I must say however I appreciafe the fact that the majority of the playing staff, from the Knights are local lads representing thier City Good on um!..
I like the idea of supporting your town/City what ever the sport. I must say however I appreciafe the fact that the majority of the playing staff, from the Knights are local lads representing thier City Good on um!.. Yorkest
  • Score: 4

9:01am Tue 10 Jun 14

Otaku241 says...

turbosview wrote:
Otaku241 wrote:
Dr Brian wrote:
It shows how little interest this city has in the York Knights - If YCFC had been beaten by such a lowly team there would be dozens of comments by now but this article has been live for 15 hours and mine is the second comment!

I suppose the level that York Knights are playing their games at warrants the lack of interest - such a shame though as they are representing our city.
As I've already mentioned York City fans use the Press to comment on stories and have their say, Knights fans don't use the Press we use a different site.

We're still in a higher position in our league than City were ever in in theirs last season, and I'm sure they've lost to many a 'lowly team', they're in League 2 for Christ sake.
dont compare knights with york city we are in higher league
you playing in a league like the northern premier
Well we've been hovering between the 2nd and 3rd tiers of RL and you've been between the 4th and 5th tiers of football, but okay, you're in a higher league.
[quote][p][bold]turbosview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Otaku241[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Brian[/bold] wrote: It shows how little interest this city has in the York Knights - If YCFC had been beaten by such a lowly team there would be dozens of comments by now but this article has been live for 15 hours and mine is the second comment! I suppose the level that York Knights are playing their games at warrants the lack of interest - such a shame though as they are representing our city.[/p][/quote]As I've already mentioned York City fans use the Press to comment on stories and have their say, Knights fans don't use the Press we use a different site. We're still in a higher position in our league than City were ever in in theirs last season, and I'm sure they've lost to many a 'lowly team', they're in League 2 for Christ sake.[/p][/quote]dont compare knights with york city we are in higher league you playing in a league like the northern premier[/p][/quote]Well we've been hovering between the 2nd and 3rd tiers of RL and you've been between the 4th and 5th tiers of football, but okay, you're in a higher league. Otaku241
  • Score: 2

9:51am Wed 11 Jun 14

Baskey1000 says...

laner11111 wrote:
come on gary lets face it you have lost the dressing room! inconsistant results point to players not giving 100% week in week out and a coach who has lost control and respect of those players.
laner11111, I can't see how Thornton has lost control of the changing room on the back of one defect, which by the sounds of it was spoilt by the performance of the referee. With Hunslet, York and Oldham at the top the league, the lower teams are bound to raise the game in these matches. Just look at the Oldham game at the weekend! Let's see where we are towards the end of the season before judging Gary's performance, as second in the league is hardly justification to sack him now!
[quote][p][bold]laner11111[/bold] wrote: come on gary lets face it you have lost the dressing room! inconsistant results point to players not giving 100% week in week out and a coach who has lost control and respect of those players.[/p][/quote]laner11111, I can't see how Thornton has lost control of the changing room on the back of one defect, which by the sounds of it was spoilt by the performance of the referee. With Hunslet, York and Oldham at the top the league, the lower teams are bound to raise the game in these matches. Just look at the Oldham game at the weekend! Let's see where we are towards the end of the season before judging Gary's performance, as second in the league is hardly justification to sack him now! Baskey1000
  • Score: 0

10:02am Wed 11 Jun 14

m partridge says...

Baskey1000 wrote:
laner11111 wrote: come on gary lets face it you have lost the dressing room! inconsistant results point to players not giving 100% week in week out and a coach who has lost control and respect of those players.
laner11111, I can't see how Thornton has lost control of the changing room on the back of one defect, which by the sounds of it was spoilt by the performance of the referee. With Hunslet, York and Oldham at the top the league, the lower teams are bound to raise the game in these matches. Just look at the Oldham game at the weekend! Let's see where we are towards the end of the season before judging Gary's performance, as second in the league is hardly justification to sack him now!
Couldnt agree more Baskey. Some people have very short memories. We destroyed Hunslet at home with some excellent rugby, now according to some Thornton's lost the dressing room!?! Lets see where we are at the end of the season before coming out with comments like this. In Thornton we trust
[quote][p][bold]Baskey1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laner11111[/bold] wrote: come on gary lets face it you have lost the dressing room! inconsistant results point to players not giving 100% week in week out and a coach who has lost control and respect of those players.[/p][/quote]laner11111, I can't see how Thornton has lost control of the changing room on the back of one defect, which by the sounds of it was spoilt by the performance of the referee. With Hunslet, York and Oldham at the top the league, the lower teams are bound to raise the game in these matches. Just look at the Oldham game at the weekend! Let's see where we are towards the end of the season before judging Gary's performance, as second in the league is hardly justification to sack him now![/p][/quote]Couldnt agree more Baskey. Some people have very short memories. We destroyed Hunslet at home with some excellent rugby, now according to some Thornton's lost the dressing room!?! Lets see where we are at the end of the season before coming out with comments like this. In Thornton we trust m partridge
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