Lancashire-born referee Paul Tierney will officiate the League One fixture between the Iron and Notts County on Saturday.The game at Meadow Lane will be the 32nd game this season Tierney has taken charge of, with his last official Sky Bet league game as a referee coming on 14 March when he oversaw a 1-1 draw between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town at St Andrews. He handed out three yellow cards during the match; as he booked the Blues midfielder Robert Tesche, while brandishing yellows to Terriers duo Jack Robinson and Conor Coady.
So far this campaign Tierney has brandished 113 yellow cards and six red’s, with the last dismissal coming for Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli in the Cottagers 5-0 home defeat to London rivals Watford.
Tierney has officiated in the Football League since the 2009/10 campaign, after he was promoted from the Conference after spending two years refereeing in what is now known as the Skrill Premier. He took charge of the second leg of the League Two play-off semi-final clash between Southend United and Burton Albion back in May 2014.
He refereed in 35 games last season, handing out 110 yellow cards and 13 reds. In November 2013 he issued three red cards in one game as Burton defeated Bristol Rovers 1-0 in a fiery League Two clash. Jimmy Philips was sent off during the game for the Brewers, but the number of players on the pitch was reduced further after of John-Joe O’Toole and Chris Beardsley also saw red for The Gas.
Tierney last took charge of a Scunthorpe game back in August 2014, when he oversaw the Iron’s 0-0 draw at home to AFC Wimbledon during the League Two promotion season for United. His last involvement with a game for the hosts on Saturday was also during the 2013/14 season, when Notts County lost 2-1 away at Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
He’ll take charge of this game alongside assistants David Storrie and Grant Taylor, with James Mainwaring appointed as the fourth official.