Young referee not put off by abuse

LOCAL SOCCER: Jerry Thorpe, who has now joined forces with Dave Little and Dave Webb to run the Coplestonians first team in the Metaltec SIL, has been praised for being a good Samaritan.

By Elvin King

LOCAL SOCCER

JERRY Thorpe, who has now joined forces with Dave Little and Dave Webb to run the Coplestonians first team in the Metaltec SIL, has been praised for being a good Samaritan.

As players continue to make referees' lives a misery in the two main Ipswich Sunday leagues – no wonder the shortage is getting worse – there was another case of unnecessary verbal abuse last weekend.

Teenage referee Carl Fitch, who has earned rave reviews during his short time with the whistle, sent four players off in the AFC Rivers game against Taverners Reserves in Division Three of the Select Technical Services League.

He was allegedly the subject of verbal abuse and at the end of the game faced a long walk back to the

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sanctuary of his dressing room at Copleston Sports Centre, Ipswich.

On the adjoining pitch Thorpe was managing Newton Road in their Licensed Trades League game and he stepped in to ensure Fitch came to no further harm on his way off the ground.

Newton Road were playing McGinty's in the LTL.

Young Fitch, who is to accompany Martlesham-based referee Mike Thorpe to Selhurst Park this month when Thorpe takes charge of a Wimbledon Nationwide First Division game, has not lost his appetite.

The 17-year-old's grandfather John said: "Jerry Thorpe has to be congratulated on his action and it was nice to see this former senior player show the right attitude.

"Carl is none the worse for wear and is looking forward to his next game this weekend."

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