Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Tranmere Rovers have been published. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 11th September 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Roger East (Wiltshire).
Mr East was a regular at Huish Park as a Fourth Official and an Assistant but in the summer of 2007 was promoted to the National referees list for the Football League. Since then we've had him four times in competitive fixtures, although he has also taken charge of various pre-season friendlies and Reserve Team matches.
His earliest match as a referee for a Yeovil Town league game was the February 2008 match againast Southend United that saw the Essex side kick-started by a poor decision outside the box, winning them an early controversial free kick. We didn't play well on the day, losing the match 1-0, but certainly things like that did not help.
Somehow he also managed to wind up Glovers fans during a pre-season friendly against Bristol City, in July 2008. A dodgy penalty and the lack of an offside award for another goal, along with two bookings being dished out in a friendly and he didn't impress too many that night.
More recently he took charge of the 1-0 win over Swindon Town in March 2009. We may have won the game, but we found a lot of his early decision-making antagonised both crowd and players in a tense local derby where a cool head could have been done with instead. His decision to book Chris Weale for timewasting, then 11 minutes later to book David Noble for taking a free kick too quickly was to say the least odd.
His two most recent matches involving the Glovers have probably been his best, with both coming during last season. Our 2-0 win over Brentford in September 2009 warrants no significant criticism of his officiating. Boxing Day's 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers was not quite so error free - his positioning left a lot to be desired - twice getting in the way of attempted Yeovil clearances, putting Wycombe through on goal with one, but maybe he felt the opposition needed a friendly hand that day?
Mr East will be assisted by Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare) and John O'Brien (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire).
Link: Feb 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 3.
Link: July 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.
Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 0.
Link: Sept 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.
Link: Dec 2009 : Yeovil Town 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0.
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