Date: 3rd October 2019 at 6:43pm
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The Football League has now announced the officials that will take charge of the match between Lincoln City and Sunderland in Sky Bet League One.

Lincoln City host Sunderland on Saturday, October 5 for the match at Sincil Bank and the match carries a 3.00pm kick-off.

Referee: Brett Huxtable.
Assistants Refs: Matthew Bristow and Stephen Wade.
Fourth Official: Declan Bourne.

Brett Huxtable has been the man in the middle for six matches involving Lincoln City:

13/10/12: Wrexham 2-4 Lincoln City (Conference) – 5 yellow cards
19/10/13: Kidderminster Harriers 4-1 Lincoln City (Conference) – 1 yellow card
15/08/15: Eastleigh 1-1 Lincoln City (Conference) – 1 yellow card and 1 red card
23/12/17: Newport County 0-0 Lincoln City (League Two) – 5 yellow cards and 1 red card
13/10/18: Port Vale 2-6 Lincoln City (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
30/03/19: Lincoln City 1-1 Macclesfield Town (League Two) – 2 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 6 | Yellow Cards: 17 | Red Cards: 2

He received an average rating of 5.14 following the 1-1 draw at home against Macclesfield Town last season. Some of the comments can be found below:

PerthImp: “4.5 – at times he did an impression of a reasonably good referee, then spoiled it with those occasions when you just sit and go “WTF” that he just either didn’t see something obvious or allowed play to go on when he should have intervened.”

evenstephen: “Not great but not as bad as some I’ve seen. The foul on Andrade in the area looked like a penalty to me and he missed a couple of fouls and then decided to stop play when we were attacking and give us a free-kick. Not card happy at least. 5.5/10.”

Luke Imp: “5/10. Should have been an easy game to ref, but managed to get three things clearly wrong.

Bruno isn’t going to go to ground in the situation he is so he missed that one.

Terrible use of advantage, on occasion in particular in the second half with McCartan.

How did their defender escape a booking for clearly just tripping Andrade up for the FK for our goal?

EDIT – Although he did call a couple of FK shouts correctly where Rowe and one of their players tried to buy one on the Co-op side late on in the second half.”

Brett Huxtable: 2019/20 Stats:

03/08/19: AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Rotherham United (League One) – 1 yellow card
10/08/19: Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Shrewsbury Town (League One) – 2 yellow cards
13/08/19: Luton Town 3-1 Ipswich Town (EFL Cup) – 5 yellow cards
20/08/19: Oxford United 2-4 Burton Albion (League One) – 3 yellow cards
24/08/19: Leyton Orient 2-3 Crawley Town (League Two) – 6 yellow cards
03/09/19: Forest Green Rovers 3-2 Southampton U21s (EFL Trophy) – 2 yellow cards
07/09/19: Colchester United 0-0 Walsall (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
14/09/19: Portsmouth 3-1 Norwich City U21s (EFL Trophy) – 1 yellow card
17/09/19: Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Accrington Stanley (League One) – 6 yellow cards
28/09/19: Exeter City 1-3 Grimsby Town (League Two) – 8 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 10 | Yellow Cards: 36 | Red Cards: 0

During the 2018/19 season, Huxtable oversaw 39 matches, showing 128 yellow cards and 7 red cards.

When I went through the figures to find out his highest card count for matches during the 2018/19 season, I got to the Southend United 1-2 Charlton Athletic match in Sky Bet League One and saw that he’d given 7 yellow cards and 3 red cards, and I thought to myself “Surely he didn’t show more than 10 cards in a match?”, then I got to the Bristol Rovers 2-1 Fleetwood Town match, which was also in Sky Bet League One, and saw that he’d given 11 yellow cards and 1 red card

Brett Huxtable was the man in the middle for 37 matches during the 2017/18 season. In those matches, he showed a total of 136 yellow cards and 7 red cards.

He showed 9 cards on two occasions during the 2017/18 season: Cheltenham Town 3-0 Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two (9 yellow cards) and Yeovil Town 1-2 Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two (7 yellow cards and 2 red cards).

Huxtable took in 38 matches in 2016/17, showing 140 yellows cards and five red cards.

He showed 8 cards on two occasions during that season: Yeovil Town 2-1 Colchester United (8 yellow cards) and Oxford United 1-1 Oldham Athletic (7 yellow cards and 1 red card).

Sources: EFL & Soccer Base.

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