ANTHONY Limbrick praised his players while condemning the refereeing display following TNS’ draw at Flint Town United on Friday.

The Saints manager was far from happy after referee Iwan Griffith dismissed Leo Smith on the hour.

However Limbrick reserved his ire for the official who brandished a second booking and a red card to TNS defender Chris Marriott late on only to realise the veteran had not yet been booked.

Despite rescinding his red and issuing a yellow card, the official’s performance left much to be desired according to the TNS manager who shared his feelings after the match.

Limbrick said: “I thought we passed the ball around really well and created numerous chances and until the sending off we were the dominant side.

“Credit to the players as it was a strange game having played badly against Bala and won and playing well against Flint and only getting a point.

“I am pleased with Ryan’s goal, we have been working hard in training so it was good to see Ryan get that goal from a second phase of a set play.”

However Flint hit back late and the performance of the officials disappointed Limbrick.

He said: “We should have scored more in the first-half and we would not be talking about offsides and refereeing decisions but it was not for the lack of trying on our part but unfortunately it did not fall for us.

“The referee and fourth official both said Leo Smith hit their player in the face but I have watched it back and it is debatable whether or not it is even a free-kick let alone a yellow card and the second booking is a disgraceful decision. I just can’t understand how anyone would think it was a yellow.

Limbrick was further angered by Griffith’s blunder over Marriott late on.

He said: “How do you even explain that the referee was looking to send someone off who was not even on a yellow

“The lads put their bodies on the line and were fantastic but goal was never going to be enough with 10 men.

“Their goal was also debatable with their players in front of Paul Harrison but all we can hope is that these things even out over a season.”

Looking ahead, Limbrick added: “We are not looking at the gap at the top and only our performances.

“Next week we have Cardiff Met and if we play like we did against Flint up to the sending off then we will win more games than not.”