I AM often banging on about officials so it is only right to say there was some strong refereeing in this game.

There had been ‘handbags’ between the sides just before the break when their goalie threw the ball in Lyndon Tompkins’s face and then it all went off early in the second half.

We had words at half-time with Jamie Reid but all that did was wind him up and he had to go for his double-footed lunge.

Then two of their players, who were booked in the first half, got involved. That sort of GBH on a Saturday night would have had them arrested.

The ref did what he had to do, sent them all off, and no one can argue.

We had started the game so well and the link-up play between our front three was the best I have seen so far from them this season.

It was good for Jody to get his deflected goal. He worked his socks off again. You can’t teach players to get into the positions he finds and if he gets 25 goals a season, 24 of them will be off his arse.

At 1-0, we just had to carry on in the same manner and three points were there for the taking.

It was a nondescript game, really, and neither goalie had much to do. Typically, we took our foot off the gas and let them back in the game.

In the second half, we gave a debut to Ryan Parker and he did really well, putting four of five good crosses into the box.

He reminded me of impression Carl Brown made when he arrived at the club last season.

Neil Griffiths came though 90 minutes after his injury and I have not heard yet about any adverse reaction.

The physio did not want Neil to play and we had a big discussion before the game. Neil insisted he wanted to play.

We have kept the unbeaten run going and we are picking up points without playing as well as we can.

Three of four of them are frustrated about their form and, of course, the harder you try the worst it sometimes gets.