Ref climbs ladder
AS BITTER rivals Tottenham and Arsenal were preparing to lock horns in Wednesday’s Carling Cup semi-final first leg, former JC MSFL referee Richard Jaye was running the line in the FA Premier Reserve League clash between the teams at Barnet’s Underhill.
The 27-year-old recruitment manager, who officiates in leagues including the Nationwide Conference and Ryman, was pleased with his performance in a match Spurs won 3-0.
“I was thrilled to be assigned a north London derby as to get one at any level is extremely difficult,” Jaye told JC Sport. “The only disappointment was that both teams fielded few high profile players, which was hardly surprising with the Carling Cup match later in the week. It was an easy game to officiate with the referee agreeing with my deci- sion to flag for a penalty. There was also a sending off which was clear-cut.
“The assessor was pleased with everything I did which is extremely encouraging.”
Jaye is coached by former Fifa and Premiership official Martin Bodenham. The Waltham Abbey resident’s next objective is to run the line in the Football League. “I just need to work on my fitness in order to progress.”