Controversial ‘back pass’ goal infuriates Braintree

Braintree players make their point to the referee after the debacle of the Guiseley goal

Braintree players make their point to the referee after the debacle of the Guiseley goal - Credit: Archant

Braintree were controversially denied three points in their chase for a play-off place on the National League, following a bizarre incident in their 1-1 draw at Guiseley.

With Braintree a goal up through Michael Cheek, the visitors were expecting the ball to be played back to them following an injury, only for Ollie Norburn to chip keeper Tom King from more than 30 yards to find the net.

The Braintree players and management were infuriated further when, despite the precident of allowing the opposition to walk in an equaliser when similar incidents have occurred, Guiseley played on and eventually earned a draw.

After the match Guiseley manager Mark Bower claimed King had allowed the ball to sail over his head, while Iron boss Danny Cowling described the incident as the ‘worst thing he has seen in football’.


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