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Ref Watch – Millers v Gills

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Rotherham United welcome former Manager Steve Evans back to the New York Stadium with his current side Gillingham when Ross Joyce from Cleveland has the whistle.

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 will be the fourth 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.

This season Ross has been in the middle for sixteen games showing fifty-seven yellow cards and two red cards.

Running the line on Tuesday night we have Graeme Fyvie and Ravel Cheosiaua while the Fourth Official is Will Finney.

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