Officials for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round tie against Gillingham have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 10th August at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).
Mr Sheldrake was promoted to the Football League referees list in the summer of 2009. We've had him on nine occasions as a man in the middle, with five of those happening in the last two seasons. This will be the third time we've had him in a League Cup home match, with him taking charge of last season's match against Birmingham City that saw a bit of 90th minute drama at Huish Park - more of that later.
The first time we saw him was a February 2010 home game against Colchester United. The visitors were a big bunch of bruisers, but probably most of what they did was on the right side of the law, and we had no real complaints with Mr Sheldrake's performance. Similarly the November 2010 match against Dagenham and Redbridge. The real killer on that day was our ability to finish in front of goal, with the Daggers rather more efficient. No complaints about the officials on the day.
We're probably at our most critical for his third visit to Huish Park, which came in December 2011, when he took charge of the 1-0 win over Notts County. We felt that as the game wore on, he was guilty of stopping the game for incidents that few in the crowd could see, and that led to a lot of frustration on and off the field, and the accumulation of six bookings across the two teams - that said we were lucky not to lose Paul Wotton to a second yellow on the day.
Back in March 2012, we had him for an away match against AFC Bournemouth, towards the end of the 2011-12 season. That match saw a superb performance from loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, where the Glovers were under the cosh for much of the game. Mr Sheldrake had a quiet match, booking only Walker for a last minute bit of time-wasting, which was probably justified from both parties' point of view!
More recently, he took charge of the 2012-13 season League Cup home match against West Bromwich Albion which we lost 2-4. In what was an excellent footballing encounter, Mr Sheldrake didn't get noticed too often, with the Western Gazette saying of his performance that he "had very little to do in a match where two footballing sides got on with the game."
We then had him in January for the Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient. His performance was a little bit irritating in that he seemed to allow Orient's slowing down of the game's tempo to be assisted by being a bit over-fussy with free kicks, but this was a frustrating evening all-round, and one man in the middle could not be wholly blamed for that. He did sort of do us a favour when he sent off Orient's Anthony Griffith for two bookable offences - some referees might have kept the midfielder on the pitch, but when a player kicks the ball away whilst he's already on a yellow card, few could complain about the end result.
Then he was present for the March 2013 League One home game against Tranmere Rovers. On the whole, we felt he was inclined to indulge some of the visiting side's tendency to writhe around a bit upon any sort of contact from Glovers players. Tranmere milked it a bit, and when Mr Sheldrake fell for it, they milked it some more - a situation that gradually had the crowd grumbling further as the game went on. That said, we won through our own free kick goal from Ed Upson, and they ended up with four players in the book, so Tranmere weren't ultimately successful in their approach to the game.
Mr Sheldrake took charge of two games during our 2013-14 Championship season, with one of them being a bit of a controversial game. The League Cup First Round match against Birmingham City saw Byron Webster score a 90th minute goal, with the visitors claiming that Yeovil should have given them the ball back after they booted the ball out of play for a Dan Burn 'injury'. Instead as Burn didn't need treatment, Yeovil played on and of course within the laws of the game there was nothing Mr Sheldrake could do about the goal that Byron ultimately scored. Apart from a flurry of bookings that got dished out in the few minutes after that goal - Birmingham's Paul Robinson was lucky to stay on the pitch - he largely controlled the 120 minutes well. The Western Gazette said that he "very nearly lost control in the wake of Webster's goal but governed the game well for large stretches."
The last time we saw Mr Sheldrake was at Huish Park for the March 2014 Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday. We won the match 2-0 with a brace from Ishmael Miller, with the Owls not really on song throughout the match. When Sam Hutchinson clattered substitute Adam Morgan in the 89th minute whilst the Owls player was already on a yellow card, not even the most lenient of officials could have avoided raising a second yellow, and thus Wednesday ended the game with 10 men. Their indiscipline, rather than the referee's doing.
Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Mark Russell (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Michael Mullarkey (Devon).
Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Birmingham City 3 (Birmingham won on penalties).
Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.
Link: January 2013 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 4.
Link: March 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.
Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.
Link: November 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.
Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.
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