Sunderland RCA manager Martin Swales thought the officials were “very poor” in their 1-0 defeat to Stockton Town in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup on Wednesday night.

 

A Ross McNab own-goal just past the half hour mark proved decisive for Stockton who advance to the Quarter-Finals.

 

Swales said: “I think everybody in the ground had an opinion on the ref today, I think he was very poor. I think some of his decision making was very poor.

 

“All we want is consistency and I don’t believe there’s any consistency. Not just the referee, I think the two linesmen, there was a couple of incidents with people offside and onside, and one’s blown and one’s not putting his flag up. There’s just no consistency whatsoever with officials.”

 

On the game itself, Swales added: “I think we dominated the second half, I think the first half was nip and tuck. I just think we were lacking that little bit of luck.

 

“We’re huffing and puffing, and we’re getting there, but I think today we were missing four recognised strikers. We were playing a centre midfielder player up front.

 

“We haven’t got an out and out prolific goal scorer at the moment. I think it showed tonight, but I think we huffed and puffed, and I think that the least we would have deserved would have been a draw.

 

“I think the chances we created in the second half, one off the line, we’ve hit the post, it wasn’t to be. I said to the lads after the game, you make your own luck at times and I just didn’t think we had the luck tonight.

 

“We’ve got a big game this weekend, a derby game, it’s a massive game for the area and for the club. We’ll have bodies back, we’ll have our strikers back and then West Auckland come here on Tuesday and barring any injuries we’ll be back up to full strength.

 

“I think there was about seven or eight missing today, big, big players, but we’ll be back to full bodies on Saturday.”