MANAGER John Snape was left exasperated by the incidents which led to injuries tainting Wednesday’s 2-0 win over AFC Wulfrunians.

Striker Dave Reynolds tangled with Wulfs keeper Mason Springthorpe early on and was withdrawn minutes later.

Defender Andy Gallinagh was then stretchered off and had to visit hospital to have a knee problem assessed after colliding with Jumaane Meggoe late in the first half.

Snape felt City should have been awarded a penalty for the Reynolds incident and that referee Tom Palmer had misjudged Gallinagh’s clash when awarding a free-kick to the visitors for a high foot.

“The goalkeeper absolutely took out Dave after he had touched the ball,” said Snape.

“It ended up with him coming off injured and I could not understand what the referee saw there. I found it amazing he didn’t resolve the situation and I am still very frustrated by it. 

“Then their lad went in with his head towards Gally’s knee, not the other way around, and they got the free-kick. The incident was at knee height and again, one of our lads had to come off.

“I don’t want to sound like a broken record, it was just frustrating.

“I have worked with Dave Reynolds for 18 months now and he has to be hurt to come off because he always wants to play. He tried to carry on but it was pretty clear he couldn’t.

“He has had a few bumps and bruises already this season and we will see what pans out over the next few days.

“Gally went off to hospital with pins and needles in his foot. Thankfully it had started to ease off after the game so we will see what the medics have to say.”

City pressed without stretching Wulfrunians early on but scored a slick opener with 23 minutes played.

Jordan Harrison sprinted on to George Forsyth’s perfectly-weighted through ball to roll between the legs of Springthorpe one on one.

Wulfs carried a threat for the rest of the first half but the sting was taken out of the contest when Harrison turned Phil McKerdy and was brought down three minutes after the interval. 

Forsyth was relieved to see his poor penalty fly straight back off Springthorpe to net the rebound. 

From there the hosts managed the game well and saw through a fourth straight win with a professional performance but Snape insisted there was plenty of room for improvement.

“Probably the biggest disappointment in the first 10 or 15 minutes was that we were not brave enough on the ball. I want us to pass it, especially at home,” added Snape. 

“I felt we went a bit too long and they did as well. We knew they would come with a game plan, they set up with three up top to prevent us passing out from the back and Dan Jezeph had more touches than we had planned in the first half.

“The goal came from us playing one and two-touch football, Foz (Forsyth) slipped it down the side and Jordan, who looked very dangerous all night, slotted it away very well. 

“We rode a bit of a storm at the start of the second half but got ourselves a penalty. It was a great turn by Jordan and Foz played a one-two with the goalkeeper to put us two up. 

“After that we probably went a little bit deep at times. That’s when you want Mat Birley, Chris Withington and Foz on the ball. 

“Joel Caines came on and did well, Tyler Weir was fantastic but just ran out of legs and Adam Osbourne and Jamie Smith got through the 90 minutes despite carrying knocks.

“Tyler coming off made us a bit more vulnerable but we had excitement up top.

"I think James Baldwin is better than watching the telly, you never know what you’re going to get and he carved out a couple of chances when he came on.

“Overall, I was a bit disappointed not to win by a greater margin but Wulfrunians had some half chances and maybe deserved a goal.

City: Jezeph 6.5, Weir 7.5 (Baldwin, 76, 6.5), Osbourne 7, Gallinagh 7 (Caines, 38, 7), Stoddart 7.5, Smith 7.5, Withington 7, FORSYTH 8*, Harrison 8, Reynolds 6.5 (Evans, 12, 6.5), Birley 7.5.

Unused subs: Lockett, Gwynne (g/k).

The poll closes at 5.30pm on Thursday, September 6.

Wulfs: Springthorpe 6.5, McKerdy 6, McDonald 6, Rowley 5.5, Taylor 6, Franco 6, Meggoe 7 (Webb, 59, 6), Attoumani 7 (Wilson, 85, 6), Gregg 5.5, Nelson 6.5, Jevons 6 (Daley, 71, 6).

Unused subs: Birch, Hardiman.

Attendance: 317.