Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Carlisle United have been announced. The game takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 18th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and the man in charge will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). If the name of Mr Horwood sounds familiar, we were due to have him in late October for the home game against Swindon Town, but he was replaced late on by Mick Russell. On the plus side, his quick reallocation to a Huish Park game means we can more or less repeat his October profile:
Overall we've had Mr Horwood three times. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.
The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game" - see, we do praise them sometimes! We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.
However, the most recent occasion was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.
Mr Horwood will be assisted by Richard Corp (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).
Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.
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