- Jan 20, 2015
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- Luton Town
I don't really agree with this. Yes, there are some referees in the level below who weren't up to standard, but I would argue the standard was better generally in the Conference than those on the National List. The reason, in my opinion, is that those referees are up and coming whereas many on the NL seem to have a job for life and there isn't enough churn.
In the Conference, we had a number of referees who are now operating in SG1 and SG2 - the game that ended our 27 game unbeaten run in our promotion season was referred by Chris Kavanagh, who in my opinion will become #2 behind Oliver eventually. We also had David Coote, Tim Robinson, Tony Harrington, Jeremy Simpson (ref in that PO final) - some of those already in SG1, the others will be in future.
Referees are under so much pressure and are criticised despite pundits needing a dozen angles to decide themselves. They get one look at it. I take a dimmer view of those officials acting as VAR who still don't make the correct decision.
Fair enough, but some of the refs you have listed I would say are the weakest of that up and coming group. Coote for instance is probably the worst VAR ref there is at the moment. And then there are all the refs who we had who havent been promoted up the leagues!