FRUSTRATED Tom Killick watched his Poole Town side finish with nine men against Dartford before insisting referees should have the power to rescind decisions.

Marvin Brooks and substitute Richard Gillespie received their marching orders late on in Dolphins’ 1-0 National South defeat at the Black Gold Stadium.

Richard Sho-Silva’s early header had given the Darts a slender advantage and with seven minutes remaining of the second half, Poole’s task became even tougher.

Former Salisbury forward Brooks was dismissed by referee Jacob Miles for aiming a kick at an opposition player.

And in stoppage time, with Dartford clinging on, Gillespie was harshly red-carded after he raised his boot in an attempt to win the ball.

Reflecting on the second dismissal, Killick told the Daily Echo: “Richard Gillespie’s boot was about a foot off the ground. He has barely been booked in his career and he’s 34. That decision was incredible.

“We have to pay quite a lot of money just to appeal so he doesn’t miss three games. There doesn’t seem to be any way referees can look at decisions and rescind them by their own volition, which is what should happen.

“If they realise it’s a ridiculous, laughable decision, they should have the ability to review it.

“I didn’t see Marvin’s red card clearly but I’m told the lad elbowed him in the face and then Marvin flicked out with his leg.

“The referee either gives them both a yellow card or sends them both off. But he sent one off and there was no action against the other.

“I don’t want to keep talking about stuff like that because we need to not feel sorry for ourselves and make excuses.

“We need to realise what we need to do and carry on.”

Defeat to the National South leaders extended to 10 games Poole’s winless home run in the league, meaning they remain in the relegation zone.

Asked if he could take positives from the display, Killick added: “With the position we’re in, you can do all of that but given where we are in the league, all we want to take from games is points.

“We haven’t got any again. But in a strange way, it was one of our best performances of the season considering the standard of the opposition.

“I thought we showed energy, passion and commitment, the basic stuff which we ask for.

“I don’t think I’m looking at it through rose-tinted glasses – I thought we were the better side and that’s saying quite a lot considering their lofty league position.

“But we can’t get a break in front of goal and we’re having a horrible time with decisions.”

Dolphins: Hutchings, Lindsay, Moore, Spetch, Whisken, Pettefer (Gillespie, 79), Dickson, Devlin, Bentley, Brooks, Neale. Unused subs: Harfield, Bedford, Balmer, Rees (g/k).