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Man in the Middle - Rotherham (a)

Ross Joyce will take charge at the New York Stadium this weekend...

13 December 2018

Ross Joyce will be the man with the whistle around his neck in south Yorkshire on Saturday, when Scott Marshall takes the Royals to Rotherham.

He may need a lie down before the weekend though. Joyce's last game came on Tuesday night at Bradford's Valley Parade home - where he tried to keep track of an FA Cup replay which ended 4-4 and was decided by a penalty shootout!

Joyce only took charge of his first Football League fixture in August 2015, travelling to Northampton Town to take charge of their League Two fixture against Exeter City three and a half years ago.

However, not long before that league debut, the referee had presided over the Conference play-off final between Bristol Rovers and Grimsby Town at Wembley Stadium.

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This will be Joyce's first ever fixture in the Championship. He has not been in charge of a Royals fixture before this weekend, but he was last at the New York Stadium on the last day of last season - watching the play-off bound Millers earn a 1-0 win over Blackpool courtesy of Will Vaulks' winner.

So far this season, Joyce has presented 87 yellow cards and three red cards in his 24 games in 2018-19.

He will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Steven Meredith on Saturday, while Darren Bond is set to adopt the Fourth Official duties at the New York Stadium.

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