Referee remains under fire

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NIGEL CLOUGH admits to still being non-plussed by several of referee Darren Bond’s decision in the first leg – even after speaking to the Lancashire official post-match.

The Blades were left incensed by a string of contentious calls, that began with what appeared a blatant penalty turned down when Jamie Murphy’s cross was handled.

Clough, who will be without Stefan Scougall (hamstring) for the rest of the season, added: “We spoke to the ref after the game. But we found his explanations very difficult to fathom.

“We have since spoken to David Allison, the head of referees, this morning to put on record our disappointment.”