Laws disappointed with point

Last updated : 13 January 2002 By Luke Thornhill
Despite controlling much of the game United had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Ground, thanks to a Calvo-Garcia strike four minutes into the second half.

As with much of the crowd Laws thought that we had won it at the end, when Steve Torpey put the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out for outside.

He, however, could not quibble with the decision.

"I was told Torpey was offside when Dawson shot, but that the goal would have been allowed if the original effort had gone in," Laws said.

"The flag went up when Steve latched on the rebound, it must have been a close decision but we should have been ahead by then anyway.

"I've never known a team have so much of a game and not win."

United's performance drew a great deal of praise from the home side, and Laws agreed that the display was excellent.

It certainly shows how well we have performed when their ‘keeper is man of the match,” explained Laws.

“He made some great saves and had a bit a of luck at times to deny us.

“We certainly couldn’t have done anything more to try and win the game. I think we had about sixteen corners and threw crosses in from all over."

United of course missed the clearest cut chance of the game, when Peter Beagrie was again unable to convert from the spot.

“Peter Beagrie is disappointed that he didn’t convert the penalty but he was outstanding for us today," Laws said.

"I certainly wont be asking him to step down from tacking penalties because he is one player you would expect to score.

"Everybody misses penalties from time to time, it is just one of those things."

With Lee Hodges given permission not to travel, as his first child is due, their was no weak link in the young patched-up midfield.

“I thought Wayne Graves and Matt Sparrow were excellent today," added Laws.

"There was certainly no weak link without Lee Hodges.

“Hopefully we can take that kind of form into Tuesday's game and start making up the ground with our games in hand.”