Big Sam aims to avenge late penalty

Sam Collins battles to get to the bal against Oldham
Sam Collins battles to get to the bal against Oldham

SAM Collins admits that Hartlepool United will be vying for revenge when they take on Colchester United at Victoria Park on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

For it was in the reverse fixture at the Weston Home Community Stadium back in November that Pools were robbed of a deserved point by a contentious refereeing decision.

With the score locked at 2-2 entering stoppage time, referee Oliver Langford deemed Peter Hartley to have handled inside the area and awarded a penalty, which was duly converted.

Replays showed the offence, and even that was debatable given the ball-to-hand nature of the incident, had occurred well outside the box, so infuriating the Pools players and management.

Whistler Langford has since apologised to skipper Collins but that will not dampen his desire to get one over on tomorrow’s opponents.

“We owe them one for what happened down there,” said the 33-year-old.

Read the full article in Friday’s Mail