Chichester City Ladies boss Aaron Smith is calling on officials to give his players more protection after three of his players were injured in the 1-0 defeat to Watford.
The reverse on the road to the Hornets was just Chi’s second loss of the season in the National Southern Premier.
Despite the defeat, they remain top of the table by two points to Coventry United. But of more concern to Smith are the injuries caused to a number of his players.
He said: “We don’t mind it being physical and we are happy giving people a battle. But we have to be looked after by the ref and he didn’t do that.
“They came to kick us everywhere and if that was the game plan then fair enough. But we can’t come off the field with one with concussion, two with damaged ankles and others with small knocks – that’s not good enough. But the referee didn’t lose us that game, we lost it as we weren’t good enough.”
Chi now have a fortnight off which will give players a chance to recover from their knocks.
They will return to action on December 2 with a trip to Crawley Wasps in the SSE Women’s FA Cup Second Round.