BAIDOO King notched a goal both sides of half time to continue Westfields’ unbeaten Hellenic League Premier Division run as trying Shrivenham were beaten 2-0 in Hereford on Saturday.

Gareth Davies’ squad showed outstanding character to push the runaway fifth tier leaders close, but were denied two huge penalty appeals and ultimately fell to their eighth defeat of the season.

Because Burnham didn’t play, Shrivenham remain fifth in the 19-team division with 33 points secured from 21 games – though they could jump up to fourth by beating Fairford Town on Tuesday night.

Davies couldn’t help but leave Herefordshire feeling like his squad had been hard done by, and he wasn’t afraid to hide his anger with the referee’s decision to wave off two strong penalty appeals.

He said: “We had two stonewall penalties turned down, I’ve never seen anything like it. We’ll be talking all day if I go into it, but I was furious with the decisions that were made.

“It was poor, very bad. But I can’t blame the team for that. We deserved better, and we were told afterwards that we were one of the best teams Westfields had faced this season.

“It’s nice to hear that, but it doesn’t mask the fact that we’ve been beaten again.

“The goals we conceded were goals that we shouldn’t have done – we switched off for two set pieces, and it hurt us.

“We were the better team for the first 45 minutes, and I thought we did well. But we switched off for a corner, though we carried on and continued to plug away in fairness.”

There is little time for Shrivenham to regroup as they visit second placed Fairford Town on Tuesday evening – a club Davies spent three seasons at as manager.

The Shrivvy boss wants his players to right their wrongs from the weekend and spark an upset away from home as a result.

He added: “We do have the consolation of being able to take some positives out of the game, and we can put things right against Fairford on Tuesday.

“I want us to put it right on Tuesday, though the game will come around quite quick. If we can play how we did on Saturday, then we have a chance.

“We’ve just got to stop conceding sloppy goals.”