Boss Mark Forster believes his young Wetherby Athletic side are still being targeted by bullish rivals.
Athletic thrashed a “poor, no-nonsense” Hunsworth WR side 3-1 on Saturday to progress into the West Riding County Cup second round, thanks to goals from Sam Kellagher and Joe Barden.
But, before Saturday’s West Yorkshire Premier trip to Boroughbridge on Saturday, Forster called on referees to toughen up.
Midfielder Jordan Emsley and Forster’s son Matty have both been injured by callous tackles in the last two matches, and the manager blasted the referees for failing to control the situations.
“I am coming to the end of my tether with referees now,” he said.
“Every team are saying ‘you’re up against a young team get in their faces’.
“The referees have to stand up for us a bit more. They have to apply the laws of the game.
“They are just shrugging their shoulders and saying, ‘it’s a man’s game get on with it.”
Matt Forster will be out up to three weeks after a challenge 10 minutes into Saturday’s clash.
And his dad Mark said: “I thought they would be quite good as they are top of the West Riding Amateur League.
“But all they wanted to do was give us a good kicking.
“These injuries are a worry because we don’t have a big squad.”
Athletic will play Salts in the cup second round after they beat Horbury Town 1-0.
Emsley is struggling for the trip to Boroughbridge but Forster is looking forward to the trip north to play on “one of the best pitches in the league”.
Mid-table Boroughbridge lost 3-1 to Hunslet Club on Saturday and Forster said his 12th-placed side will be aware of their reaction.
“We have to keep beating the teams that are around or below us,” he added.
“The way the league is shaping up, anyone can beat anyone from fourth to 15th.”