A Sutton United Front: Refereeing Standards Have To Improve

Article by Johnnie Lowery

I think you have to say a point at a strong Solihull Moors side is a good result, especially given how strongly they came onto us in the second half.

I certainly don’t think they’ll struggle like last season, and in fact would not be at all surprised to see them push for the playoffs.

I have to have a moan at something though, and my target this week is the refereeing standards in the division.

The officials on Saturday lost control to the point where player safety was endangered, and Ross Lafayette was perhaps lucky to escape further injury – as if losing his tooth wasn’t bad enough.

I can understand the odd mistake but referees must be able to have some sort of control in a game they are meant to be in charge of – failing to give any freekicks to either for clear pushes will soon escalate, and so it proved at the weekend.

Still, back to the positives, we’re still unbeaten and looking very good in what is an incredibly tough run of early fixtures.

Fylde on Saturday might be the toughest yet – our pitch will suit their neat passing style of play and Danny Rowe is still about causing absolute carnage in this division.

Clough and Collins have been excellent so far this season and will need to be right on it again this Saturday.

I’d like to finish the column this week by thanking a few of the players for popping in and saying hello to a friend and season ticket holder celebrating his birthday on Saturday night on their way home – a top gesture