TOMMY LAWSON has blasted the referee for failing to send off Chorley's goalkeeper in their top-of-the-table clash.
Leaders Skelmersdale United saw their advantage cut to just a point after losing 4-1 to second placed Chorley last weekend.
Skem were 3-0 down at half-time but thought they had forged a way back into the game when Adam Morning ran clear.
But the forward was brought down by Chorley's ex-Skem keeper Sam Ashton just outside the area.
Lawson fully expected Ashton to be shown the red card for a professional foul but the referee only brandished a yellow.
"I am bitterly, bitterly disappointed because I don't think the scoreline reflects the game or our performance," said Lawson.
"And we find ourselves talking about the referee and how he got two major decisions wrong.
"There should've been two red cards in that game. Chorley's keeper Sam Ashton was only given a yellow when it was a nailed on red.
"Adam Morning has gone through one on one with Sam and gone round him. Sam has literally pole-axed him and brought him down.
"It happened outside the area but Adam was clear through and it was going to be a goal.
"Sam has taken his gloves off because he is aware of what he has done but the ref has chosen to give him a yellow.
"The ref said that Adam was going away from goal and that there were players covering in behind. He couldn't go straight through him and there was nobody behind covering the goal.
"It was a goal that would've got us to 3-1 and I'd said at half-time that if we got one back early then we would be back in it.
"But it did not transpire and instead we find ourselves talking about the referee and not an occasion when nearly 2,000 non-league fans came to watch the game."
Skem did pull a goal back through Tom Hardwick 10 minutes after the break but were unable to find another.
Lawson said the pitch at Chorley's Victory Park was particularly difficult to play on.
"The pitch was absolutely pathetic," added Lawson.
"It was no more than a Sunday League pitch. In the first 20 minutes, when it was playable, we were on top and far the better the team.
"But their up and under style is better suited to that pitch because that's the kind of football you see on a Sunday League.
"The win has given them a massive advantage now and all along I've said it is their title to lose.
"They took their chances to be fair."
Skem welcome Trafford to West Lancashire on Saturday (3pm).