Ref Watch: Burton Albion (H)

This weekend sees the visit of Burton Albion; they’re a team we’ve scored eight goals against in two games at the Bank, and who we have beaten in five successive meetings.

That means nothing though, and they’ll be keen to improve their record this weekend. Who will be in charge of the game, ensuring fair play?

Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth and Nicholas Cooper
Fourth Official: Geoffrey Russell

Charles Breakspear emerged from the National League in 2012/13 and took charge of two of our matches during his only season at that level. One of those we lost 2-1 to Forest Green at home, and the other a trip to Aggborough where we lost 3-0.

He ascended to the FL list, but even after we rejoined the land of the living in 2016/17, we didn’t get to see much of him. His next Imps game was in Michael’s first season with the club as we lost 2-1 to Southend. That wasn’t a classic and to be fair, he didn’t stand out as particularly bad (unlike the players). He made it four defeats out of four in games involving us last season when Sunderland turned us over 4-0 at the Bank. There were no complaints from me, not about the official at any rate.

Not a great day for the Imps – Courtesy of Graham Burrell

He did incur the wrath of David Flitcroft as Newport and Mansfield shared a 1-1- draw in the 2018/18 play-off semi-final, which makes me like the man despite his horrible record of overseeing Imps defeats. In terms of this season, he’s taken charge of 24 games, issued 107 yellows cards and two reds. That yellow card count is above the average of three per game, so it suggests he’s more of a stickler than most. Could that make for a game punctured by his whistle? Perhaps. His red cards have both been in cup games, and both times it was the away side getting a man sent off. Don’t expect a spot-kick by the way; in twenty matches going back to May, he hasn’t awarded a single one.