Carabao Cup time on Tuesday as the Latics entertain fellow League 1 table toppers, Sunderland, at the DW Stadium for a place in the last 16 and a possible date with one of English football’s big boys, the referee for the tie will be Freckleton lad, Leigh Doughty.
A relatively in experienced but highly thought of referee, Doughty has gone from refereeing in the National League back in May 2019 to the Select Group 2 of full time refs by the start 2020-21 season.
The 31 year old former PE Teacher has 58 games under his belt with 14 of those coming at Championship level. This will be his first visit to the DW Stadium and also his first Latics game. Doughty has refereed Sunderland twice before, January 2020 a 3:1 home win over Lincoln and last season, a goalless draw away at Northampton.
Doughty’s last game was Saturday’s Championship game at Loftus Rd, which ended QPR 1:2 Bristol City with four yellows for QPR players and one for Bristol City.
It will be interesting to compare the performance of a full time ref with the part-time ones we’ve been struggling with so far this campaign.
Leigh Doughty Card Watch 2021/22
Games – 6
Yellows – 26
Reds – 1
Penalty Awards – 2
Wigan Athletic v Sunderland
Referee - Leigh Doughty
Assistants – Paul Hodskinson and Craig Taylor
Fourth Official - Tom Bramall