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Darren Drysdale to referee Grimsby Town away clash

17 December 2020

Darren Drysdale will be the man in the middle for the Iron's away league clash against Grimsby Town on Saturday.

The Lincolnshire-based official will travel to the Blundell Park for his 14th game of the campaign and his fifth in Sky Bet League Two. Drysdale is currently in his 17th season as an EFL official.

His first game of the campaign was a 3-0 home win for Northampton Town against Cardiff City in the Carabao Cup, which ended with seven cautions. Meanwhile, his latest game was at the end of November in the Emirates FA Cup when he oversaw Chorley's 2-1 away win over Peterborough United. He showed three yellow cards.

He's taken charge of the Iron on 10 occasions in total, most recently last September in the 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic at the Sands Venue Stadium when the side came from 2-0 down to take a point. Five cautions were issued to both teams with Yann Songo'o, Junior Brown, Matthew Lund, Kevin van Veen and Jamie Proctor all seeing yellow for the home side.

Of those encounters involving United, seven of them have come at the Sands Venue Stadium, so Saturday will only be the fourth time that Drysdale has taken charge of the side away from home. In the 10 games refereeing Scunthorpe, he's issued 40 yellow cards and no reds.

Meanwhile, he's also refereed Grimsby Town on 10 occasions - most recently last month when they lost 3-0 to Hull City in the Papa John's Trophy. Three yellow cards were issued, including two to the Mariners. Seven of those 10 games were at Blundell Park so Saturday will be his eighth visit as the man in the middle. Across the 10 games, he's shown 33 yellow cards and no reds.

In 2019-20, he took charge of 26 games, issuing 96 yellow cards and three reds. So far in this campaign, he has officiated in 13 encounters, showing 29 yellows and one red.

On Saturday, Drysdale will be assisted by Andrew Dallison and David Hunt, while Christopher Ward has been appointed as the fourth official.

PAST SCUNTHORPE UNITED ENCOUNTERS

DATE COMP MATCH Y
Sep 17, 2019 LG 2 Iron 2-2 Oldham Athletic 10 0
Dec 29, 2018 LG 1 Iron 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers 5 0
Oct 2, 2018 LG 1 Iron 5-3 Charlton Athletic 5 0
Mar 30, 2018 LG 1 Oxford United 1-1 Iron 7 0
Aug 29, 2017 EFLT Iron 3-1 Sunderland U21 3 0
Apr 17, 2017 LG 1 Iron 3-1 Chesterfield 1 0
Dec 6, 2016 EFLT Iron 1-1 Morecambe 1 0
Mar 25, 2015 LG 1 Barnsley 0-0 Iron 3 0
Mar 15, 2014 LG 1 Plymouth Argyle 0-2 Iron 2 0
Aug 13, 2011 LG 1 Iron 1-1 Preston North End 3 0

PAST GRIMSBY TOWN ENCOUNTERS

DATE COMP MATCH Y
Nov 17, 2020 EFL T Hull City 3-0 Grimsby Town 3 0
Sep 10, 2019 LGE C Grimsby Town 0-0 Macclesfield Town 3 0
Nov 27, 2018 LG 2 Grimsby Town 5-2 Tranmere Rovers 4 0
Dec 30, 2017 LG 2 Grimsby Town 0-3 Accrington Stanley 4 0
Sep 26, 2017 LG 2 Grimsby Town 2-2 Colchester United 5 0
Feb 28, 2017 LG 2 Grimsby Town 1-0 Colchester United 4 0
Jan 7, 2017 LG 2 Hartlepool United 0-1 Grimsby Town 3 0
Oct 18, 2005 EFL T Grimsby Town 1-1 Morecambe 2 0
Aug 24, 2005 LGE C Derby County 0-1 Grimsby Town 3 0
Feb 26, 2005 LG 2 Grimsby Town 2-1 Yeovil Town 2 0

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