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Ref Watch – Millers v Charlton

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Rotherham United welcome Charlton Athletic to the New York Stadium at the weekend when the referee is Ross Joyce from Cleveland.

Ross has been refereeing since the age of fifteen when he began in the middle in Cleveland for a junior game and in 2007 he began refereeing in the Blue Square Premier League. The beginning of the 2013/14 season saw him in charge of games in the Football Conference before being appointed to the Football League in August 2015.

This is the second time Ross has been in the middle for a Millers game this season the first being when Gillingham were the visitors to the New York Stadium. Olly Lee put the visitors in front on just five minutes but goals from Freddie Ladapo and Mickel Miller saw Rotherham go in at half-time with the lead. After being pulled back in the area Michael Ihiekwe won a penalty for the hosts which Dan Barlaser duly put away. With twenty minutes to go the Gills went down to ten men when Ryan Jackson was red carded for pulling over Chieo Ogbene and Barlaser stepped up to take the second penalty of the evening but saw it come back off the crossbar to safety. But he made up for the miss ten minutes later when a lovely ball from Joshua Kayode found him on the edge of the area where he shot making it four-one. And a shot in the final minute of the match from Ogbene hit the underside of the crossbar and went into the net giving the Millers a five-one win.

This will be the fifth time Ross has been in charge of a Millers game, the first being at the New York Stadium for the last game of the 2017/18 season when Blackpool were the visitors. A Will Vaulks goal thirteen minutes into the second half was the only goal of the game with Michael Ihiekwe getting the only yellow card that day.

Ross was in the middle at our game in November 2019 at Stadium:mk which saw Alex Gilbey and Joe Mason give MK Dons an early lead. The Millers fought back in the second half with a sixty-six minute goal from Dan Barlaser and two further goals from half-time substitute Freddie Ladapo gave Rotherham all three points. Ross sent off Baily Cargill in the final minute of the game after an altercation with the Rotherham bench.

He was also in charge of our last game of the 2019/20 season, which was cut short due to the Covid pandemic, when Rotherham travelled to Spotland to take on Rochdale. Former Miller Ian Henderson put Dale two up with Matthew Lund making it three before a Jamie Lindsay consolation goal on the stroke of full-time make it three-one to the hosts.

In the thirty games he has been in the middle for this season Ross has shown ninety yellow cards and six red cards.

Running the line on Saturday we have Richard Wigglesworth and Bradley Hall and the Fourth Official is Rebecca Welch.

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