At the League Two mach between AFC Wimbledon and Accrington Stanley a little over two weeks ago, a curious incident occurred which warranted comment only from the tidbits columns of the weekend’s sports pages but may yet come to have a significant bearing at the end of the season in League Two. With the clock ticking down to half-time and the score still goalless, a shot from Accrington‘s Billy Kee squeezed through a crowd of players and into the corner of the goal, only for it to become clear that the referee, Trevor Kettle, had blown for half-time as Kee took the shot, meaning that the goal didn’t count.
The match finished goalless, and with just five points separating third placed Bristol Rovers from seventh placed Leyton Orient, that all connected with Accrington Stanley should be indignant at a perfectly good goal being ruled out because an over-officious referee chose that exact moment to call time on the first half of the mach should be both unsurprising and understandable. At the time of writing Accrington Stanley are in fifth place in the League Two table, just one point off the automatic promotion places in this particular division, one point and two places below Bristol Rovers, But perhaps we should be more surprised at the fact that Stanley are in a position to be challenging for a place in League One in the first place rather than at this one particular piece of eccentric refereeing.
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