A quick turn round for the lads as we are back once again to Tuesday night football and we look at the man in middle for our home fixture against Shrewsbury Town.

It’s another familiar face in the shape of Darren Drysdale aged 49 who the last time we saw him was when he officiated our home game with Fulham U 21’s in the EFL Trophy back in October 2019. Mr Drysdale is from Lincolnshire and apparently is a sergeant in the RAF at Waddington.

After dominating the first half, the Dons finally found the breakthrough via Kieran Agard as the forward turned home from Brennan Dickenson’s cross.

The result put MK Dons top of Group G, having scored four goals, and conceded zero after their opening two group games.

Whilst not attracting much attention then, this game is significant as a little-known lad called Matthew Sorinola made his first team debut in front of 1,473 fans.

Looking around various referee rating pages Ref Drysdale seems to attract more than his fair share of critics regularly scoring minus figures when being assessed by fans.

He has refereed 10 games so far this season and dished out a paltry 20 yellow cards and 1 red card, although 7 of those came in one game between Northampton and Cardiff in the League Cup, on the first weekend of the new season.

Mr Drysdale is assisted by Marc Wilson and Christopher Kidd, and Stephen Finch as 4th Official.

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