Officials for the League Two match between Cambridge United and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 17th October 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Abbey Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear).
We've had Mr Haines seven times before in competitive matches, with all bar one occasion being away from home. The most recent one was for that solitary Huish Park fixture - a January 2015 match against Coventry City that ended up in a 0-0 draw. This was a tale of two penalties - one saved, and one not given. He was willing to give Coventry a rather soft looking penalty when Seth Nana Twumasi and Reda Johnson tangled inside the box - thankfully Jed Steer saved it. Late on, Johnson appeared to be the transgressor when he shoved AJ Leitch-Smith in the back, but despite loud appeals nothing was given. In general he dealt with the game well, but we weren't too happy about his decision-making inside the two boxes.
Mr Haynes was present for the November 2012 FA Cup match against Preston North End at Deepdale. We lost the match 3-0, and finished the game with ten men after Ed Upson was shown a straight red card for a second half foul. On that decision itself, we thought it was probably merited, although it was a game that panned out in a way that was typical of the thuggish tactics that Graham Westley's sides have become notorious for - Preston's players did plenty of rolling around on the floor, and pushing'n'shoving to try to create that sort of atmosphere, and although Mr Haines generally took it for what it was, it wasn't always perfect, and after the game Gary Johnson admitted he wasn't happy with the level of control the officials had on the fixture:
"I thought the officials affected the game today, and it was very difficult to go beyond that and get our game going. Not only were we not playing well, but there was another team not playing well either, and that wasn't Preston. You've got to be doubly clever when the officials put themselves into a situation where they're just waiting for something. The opposition are clever, they're at home and they've got the crowd on their side, and there was a little bit of screaming and shouting from the line that we had to try to compete with ourselves. That's what people do."
In April 2012, Mr Haines took charge of the 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. No complaints on the day from either camp, and just the one booking, made for a quiet game. Prior to that, he looked after the October 2010 1-0 win over Rochdale. In general he was fairly uncontroversial, except for one last minute incident when he rejected suggestions that Luke Freeman deserved a penalty after he was brought down by Craig Dawson. Mr Haines said no, but Terry Skiverton said after the game that he disagreed:
"That's two times now where we've had that referee (Andy Haines) - once against Leeds away and then today - where I think we should have had a stonewall penalty. I think the only thing he (Rochdale defender Craig Dawson) didn't do was to bring an axe out!"
As Skivo suggests, we'd also seen him in a match against Leeds United - two in fact, and both at Elland Road. We weren't too happy with some of Mr Haines' decision-making early on in the October 2009 game, although his biggest decision came after the match when Leeds striker Tresol Kandol was given a retrospective red card for attacking Sam Williams after the final whistle. Not much you can do as a referee when players decide to do that.
In the March 2009 meeting, also at Elland Road, Mr Haines didn't have too much of a bad game, and certainly didn't affect the final result, but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton wasn't totally happy with Mr Haines' performance, citing his side's two bookings as part of his post-match views on the official as being evidence that the bigger side was receiving favourable decisions.
Prior to the two Elland Road matches, we had Mr Haines for a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle and a number of occasions as an assistant referee. His one other time in the middle came in January 2008 for a 2-2 draw at Port Vale. We had no major complaints about him on the night.
Mr Haines will be assisted by Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Cook (Essex).
Link: January 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Coventry City 0.
Link: November 2012 : Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 0.
Link: April 2012 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 2.
Link: October 2010 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Link: October 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.
Link: March 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.
Link: Jan 2008 : Port Vale 2 Yeovil Town 2.
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