I hope that anyone who reads this looks at my older posts and realise that I don't normally criticise referees but today's game was totally and utterly ruined by the man in the middle who must have thought that we'd all paid to see him. Benn was sent off after 35 minutes after a coming together with Norton's number 3. I fully admit that I didn't see what happened as it was over the other side of the pitch but a number of people have confirmed that Benn was sent off for violent conduct after throwing over Brown who went over clutching his face. The ref (apparently) sent Benn off for grabbing Brown round the throat when any contact was on the chest.
In the second half, the ref gave a penalty for handball by Tommy from a corner when no Norton player appealed and most of them were returning to the half way line for a goal kick.
To top it all off, Burto was sent from the dugout for complaining when a Norton player stood 2 yards away from a Marske free kick and prevented the free kick being taken.
All in all, the ref was absolutely appalling today, without doubt the worst I've seen in the Northern League. Having said that, Marske didn't play well but if the ref had kept it 11v 11, who knows what the result would have been.
We move on though and Tuesday is another tough game when RCA visit the GER stadium. Let's hope that it's different ref.