RUFC - Ref Watch v Blackpool
This is Mark`s seventh season as a Football League Referee.
This will be the second time Mark has reffed a Millers game this season the first being at Blackburn in September. Goals from Marcus Antonsson and Harrison Chapman gave the hosts all three points. Marek Rodak , Richard Wood, Will Vaulks and Kieffer Moore saw yellow that evening with Rovers also getting three yellow cards.
Mark was in the middle for a Rotherham game in our League Two encounter at the New York Stadium in March 2013 when AFC Wimbledon were the visitors. An Alex Revell strike on seventy-six minutes was the only goal of the game. Joe Skarz saw yellow for the Millers on this Good Friday afternoon as well as Wimbledon's Luke Moore.
The first time Mark was in charge of a Millers game was at Valley Parade where a fierce tackle by Michael Flynn saw Gareth Evans on the deck in a heap and, although he tried to carry on, he was soon replaced by Marcus Marshall. On twenty-two minutes Luke O`Brien handled the ball in the area and Lewis Grabban scored from the resulting spot-kick. The Bantams equalised twelve minutes later with a goal from Chris Mitchell. Six minutes into the second half Alex Revell regained the lead and six minutes later Marshall made it three-one to the visitors. Mr Heywood evened the penalties up in time added on when the ball flew up and hit Jason Taylor on the arm but Logan saved from Flynn. A minute or so later the referee saw yet another handball in the area, this time by Tom Newey, and Flynn made it three-two from the spot. Luckily, before he had time to spot another handball Mr Heywood blew the whistle.
So far this season Mark has shown sixty-six yellow cards and two red cards (both to former Millers - firstly Danny Collins now at Grimsby and later in the season to Alex Revell at Northampton) in the seventeen games he's officiated in.
Running the line at Bloomfield Road will be . . . .
Peter Gooch from Lancashire
Duncan Street from West Yorkshire
The Fourth Official will be . . . .
Alan Clayton from Cheshire