Evan Horwood out to get even with Colchester United

Evan Horwood is one card away from a ban. Picture by FRANK REID
Evan Horwood is one card away from a ban. Picture by FRANK REID

MORE than one year on, Evan Horwood still fumes about a refereeing decision which gifted victory to Colchester United and his former manager John Ward.

The Pools star had only just swept home a trademark free-kick to make the score 2-2 in the dying seconds at the Colchester Community Stadium in November of last year.

But man in black Oliver Langford stunned both sets of players when he awarded a stoppage-time penalty, despite Peter Hartley’s handball occurring outside the area.

And Horwood admits he’s hoping that the last laugh is his tomorrow afternoon when his old Carlisle United boss Ward brings the U’s to Victoria Park.

“John took me to Carlisle and we had a good time there, getting to the play-offs,” said the Pools-born defender.

“It’s always nice to see him and I always talk to him because he was a very good manager.

“I thought I’d got one over on him last season when I scored the free-kick, but they went up the other end and scored – so I don’t think he was too bothered.

“I’ve only got bad memories of that goal because of the stupid refereeing decision right after it – I just felt like booting the ball out of the stand when it was on the penalty spot.

“But that’s gone I suppose, as ridiculous as the decision was, and we’re just looking forward to tomorrow now.”