Official for Yeovil Town's League One trip to Brentford have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Griffin Park on Tuesday 21st August 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Carl Berry (Surrey).
We've only had Mr Berry twice as a match referee, as he was promoted to the Football League lists over the summer of 2011, although he did cover a couple of League Two matches during the latter part of the 2010-11 season. We've had him a couple of times as an assistant referee, such as the August 2009 home game against Tranmere Rovers (2-0 win) and the September 2010 home match against Exeter City (1-3 defeat) although we don't recall either linesman as being particularly annoying - over and above the usual!
His first appearance as the man in the middle in a Yeovil match came back in October 2011, and was his first match as a referee at League One level. This was for the visit of Carlisle United at Huish Park, and marked the one and only time that we saw Flavien Belson play for the Glovers. Two yellow cards meant that our sight of the Frenchman was rather brief; playing out the second half with ten men.
Terry Skiverton, who was manager at the time, was particularly non-plussed with Mr Berry's performance on the day, complaining after the game about the volume of yellow cards raised (three against Yeovil, two against Carlisle) and also his lack of leniency concerning Belson's second yellow, feeling that the match official should have made more allowances for Belson's nationality.
For what it's worth, a fair chunk of the Glovers fans in the crowd could see Mr Berry's signalling, prior to the critical incident, that made it clear to them that a 'last warning' had been fairly given five minutes previously, and so you didn't need English to be your first language to know what was coming once the next foul was committed. As such, we didn't really agree with Skivo's views on events.
There was a bit more sympathy for a disallowed goal against Steve MacLean prior to that incident - one of those cases where a player's arm makes contact with a bouncing ball as he runs onto it, and so not really a deliberate act - but that one was given by the East Stand linesman rather than Mr Berry. Overall, he didn't have a great game, although in the case of Belson's red card there wasn't a lot he could have done.
Mr Berry also took charge of the May 2012 game against Huddersfield Town that ended our 2011-12 season. The Terriers were already in the play-offs; we were already safe from relegation. As such, this one was probably one of the easier games to referee, and bar two very early bookings, Mr Berry didn't have a lot to do. We lost 2-0, and we can't recall him having a particular effect on that.
Mr Berry will be assisted by Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire) and Wade Norcott (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 3.
Link: May 2012 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.
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