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RUFC - Ref Watch v Colchester

RUFC - Ref Watch v Colchester
Brendan Malone from Wiltshire

Brendan got into refereeing after picking up an injury while playing football for a Hampshire League, which finished his career at the age of twenty-three.

As an Assistant Referee he states that running the line in the 2008 Johnstone`s Paint Trophy Cup Final between MK Dons and Grimsby at the new Wembley Stadium as one of his greatest moments.

The first time Brendan was in charge of a Millers game was away at Underhill in September 2010. After a bit of a boring game things suddenly changed in the final twenty minutes when Kevin Ellison opened the scoring followed by another from Tom Pope two minutes later. On the seventy-sixth minute Danny Harrison made it three-nil and Mark Byrne got one back for Barnet four minutes later. The final goal of the game came in the last minute when Adam Le Fondre made it four-one to the Millers.

Things didn't go so well in January 2012 when Brendan was in the middle of our game away at Dagenham and Redbridge, although, once again there were another five goals in the game. The Millers went into half-time one-up from a Danny Harrison goal. Five minutes into the second half Jon Nurse equalised for the Daggers with an own goal from Mark Bradley just after the hour mark giving the hosts a two-one lead. Within a minute Alex Revell had equalised for the visitors but Scott Doe got the winner for the home side twelve minutes from time. To add insult to injury Michael Raynes got a second yellow card in the final minute of the game.

Last season Brendan was in the middle for our re-arranged Tuesday night game at Plainmoor against Torquay. It was nil-nil going into half-time but Lee Frecklington opened the scoring a minute into the start of the second half. Alex Revell made it two-nil thirteen minutes later with Billy Bodin making it two-one from the penalty spot but Kayode Odejayi made it three-one to the Millers after some slack defending from the Seagulls with almost the last kick of the game.

In the twenty-one games Brendan has took charge of this season he has shown fifty yellow cards and two red cards.


Geoffrey Russell from Northamptonshire
and
Adrian Sannerude from Suffolk

The Fourth Official will be …
Frederick Graham from Essex

Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Tuesday March 4 2014
Time: 9:29AM

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