The man in charge of the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Peterborough United on Tuesday evening is MARK HEYWOOD.
It`s the “bottlegate” referee again for Posh in their next match!
Heywood was involved in a bizarre incident early in the 2015/2016 season when Walsall were the visitors to the ABAX Stadium. With high temperatures, there were a few “drink stops” during the game and at the end of one of these stops, Posh midfielder Jermaine Anderson threw his water bottle back towards the bench. Unfortunately it missed slightly and ended up in with some Posh fans sat next to the bench. The fourth official [pictured below] brought this to the attention of Heywood instructing him to be dismissed bemusing both sides with the decision!
The West Yorkshire-based official has been officiating in the Football League since the 2011/12 season and during that time has refereed Posh 8 times and the Shrews 9 times.
The Shrews have a very even split of results under Heywood winning three, losing three and drawing the other three matches. Two of those matches came earlier this season with the last time being a trip to the south coast to face an improving Plymouth Argyle side. After a goalless first half, Graham Carey opened the scoring for the Pilgrims just before the hour mark but Shaun Whalley leveled things twenty minutes later to earn a share of the points. Just one yellow card was shown during the game which went to the Shrews Aristote Nsiala.
The results for Posh under Heywood are virtually the same as the Shrews but have drawn just two games compared to the Shrews three games.
The last Posh match Heywood refereed came in October when they traveled to face a strong Scunthorpe United side. Left-back Andrew Hughes gave Posh a 51st minute lead but they couldn`t hold on as Lee Novak leveled with eleven minutes remaining before Josh Morris won things with an 87th minute penalty. Five yellow cards were dished out in the game with two going to Posh players.
So far this season Heywood has officiated 29 matches issuing 117 yellow cards and 3 red cards.
His last match came on Saturday in another top League One clash between Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic. Four yellow cards were shared between the two sides with former Posh striker Nicky Ajose hitting the only goal of the game for the Addicks five minutes before half-time.
His highest card tally this season came at the start of September and involved the hosts on Tuesday evening, Shrewsbury. The Shrews were unbeaten in the League and had former Premier League side Wigan Athletic visit them. Stefan Payne had given the Shrews a first-half lead against the Latics which they managed to hold on to. However, nine different players were cautioned during the match with 6 Latics players picking up cards.
The assistant referees for the Shrewsbury Town v Posh clash are Paul Thompson and Grant Taylor. The fourth official is Nigel Smith.
Shrewsbury Town -Vs- Peterborough United
Venue: Montgomery Waters Meadow
Date: Tuesday, 24th April, 2018
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