HEREFORD midfielder Tom Owen-Evans said that fine margins saw Ryan McLean’s late goal ruled out for an off-side decision.

Owen-Evans’ first half equaliser was followed by what could have been a winning goal by McLean six minutes from time, only for it to be ruled off-side.

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“In the first 15 or 20 (minutes) they came at us and it took us a while to get to grips with them and let our own identity come through,” said Owen-Evans talking to Keith Hall.

“That settled us down a bit. We’ve had a few chances and Ryan (McLean) had his goal disallowed. I asked the linesman how far he was off-side and he said there was literally nothing in it.

“You would like to go for you and to get the benefit of the doubt, but it is what it is. The sucker punch at the end the boys are absolutely gutted by as they put so much in.

“We’ve got six games left to go and as long as we’re not mathematically out of it we will be giving our all to win games.”

 Earlier in the game Owen-Evans caught Fylde goalkeeper Chris Neal off his line and sent a half-volley into the net.

“I was running in behind and (Luke) Haines has played it over the top and I’ve seen the goalkeeper come off his line,” added Owen-Evans.

“I thought I’d hit it straight away on the half-volley, the crowd behind the goal were cheering thinking it had gone over, but it’s dipped under the crossbar.

“As soon as I hit it I thought it was in, or had a chance at least. The gaffer (Josh Gowling) was screaming on the bench and shouting ‘what is he doing?’ but he was a bit happier when it bounced in.”