Ref Watch: AFC Wimbledon (A)

This week we play the real Dons of League One, AFC Wimbledon.

I think we’ve benefitted from a couple of decent referees in recent weeks, with the Jackson goal on Tuesday actually onside, despite our moans. With that in mind, are we set for the same this weekend?

Referee: CARL BROOK
Assistants: Stephen Finch and Paul Kelly
Fourth Official: Christopher Kidd

Like Tom Reeves from this weekend, the most recent interaction between Carl Brook and Lincoln City was away at Charlton last season, when he was the fourth official. However, unlike Reeves, we have crossed paths with Brook before.

The first game of ours he officiated was back in the 2016/17 season, when we lost 2-0 to Boreham Wood. Mr Brook was not promoted at the same time as us, but the following season he showed a red card nine times in just 22 matches; that’s well above average. He remained in the National League in 2018/19, where he showed eight reds in just 26 matches, which is still one every three games. I get the feeling he might like a red card here and there. He calmed down a bit in 2019/20, with just five in 20. With a falling ratio of almost one in two, then one in three, he arrived at one in four which seems to be the pass rate for the Football League.

Credit Graham Burrell

Last season, he got the ratio down to almost one in ten, with just three in 28 matches, and he took charge of his only Imps game as a Football League referee, as we lost 3-1 to Portsmouth at the Bank, a certain Mr Marquis grabbing a brace. This season, he seemed to have rediscovered that red card, dismissing seven players in 23 games, including three in his first three matches of the campaign. He has even sent off a sub, Louis Reed, dismissed in Swindon’s 1-1 with Crawley despite him not being on the field. He also flashed 91 yellows in just 23 games, making him one of the most card-happy referees we’re likely to have in charge. Don’t expect a penalty though; as much as he loves those cards, he’s only awarded three penalties all season.