Ref Watch: Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers
The man in charge of the final Sky Bet EFL League One match of the season at the ABAX Stadium between Peterborough United and Bristol Rovers is RICHARD CLARK.
Northumberland-based official Richard Clark takes charge of the last home match of the season for Posh as they take on a Bristol Rovers side who are still within touching distance of the play-offs.
Clark is in his fifth season as a Football League referee and during that time has officiated just two Posh matches and one Rovers match!
The first time Clark took charge of a Posh match was back in January 2014 when they traveled to the North West to face a struggling Oldham Athletic. Posh were on fire in the first half going in at the break with a three-nil lead thanks to goals from Britt Assombalonga, Tommy Rowe and Lee Tomlin.
Such was the dominance of Posh in that half that a number of home fans left at half-time! When they saw the final score I bet they wished they hadn`t! Within three minutes of the restart, they got a goal back which soon became two just six minutes later. Posh had hoped they stopped the Latics revival by regaining a two-goal cushion when Nicky Ajose scored Posh`s fourth goal of the game.
Five minutes later and it was 4-3 to Posh thanks to a goal from former Posh midfielder James Wesolowski. With just two minute of the match remaining, Posh were looking comfortable; that was until Lee Tomlin [pictured above] had one of his "moments" handling the ball on the goal line which earned him a straight red card. Confusion reigned in the Posh camp and the Latics took full advantage with two goals in the final two minutes to seal a very unlikely victory!
The only other Posh match Clark was involved in was less dramatic. In October 2015, Posh were on their travels once again but this time they were facing Port Vale. The Valiants had taken the lead five minutes before the break but a Michael Bostwick penalty eleven minutes into the second half tied things up. Two yellow cards were shown during the game with both sides picking up one each.
Rovers only game with Clark in charge came back in 2012 when they hosted Chesterfield in a League Two encounter. Rovers twice took the lead only for the Spireites to level things but it was Tom Eaves that settled the match with an 80th minute winner. Four yellow cards were shown in the match with three of them going to Rovers players.
So far this season, Clark has officiated just 24 matches, issuing 70 yellows and three red cards!
The last match he took charge of was on Easter Friday when Bradford City beat Oxford United one-nil. Nicky Law scored the only goal of the game after 61 minutes which United received both the yellow cards shown during the game.
His statistics for the last few seasons in the Football League are:
2016/17 - 24 matches - 15 home wins - 6 away wins - 3 draws
2015/16 - 19 matches - 4 home wins - 7 away wins - 8 draws
2014/15 - 28 matches - 13 home wins - 5 away wins - 10 draws
Card Tally For Last Few Seasons:
2016/17 - Games 24 - Yellow 70 - Red 3
2015/16 - Games 19 - Yellow 54 - Red 4
2014/15 - Games 28 - Yellow 89 - Red 6
His matches involving Posh and Bristol Rovers to date are:
Posh - 2 matches - 0 wins - 1 draw - 1 defeat
Rovers - 1 matches - 1 win - 0 draws - 0 defeats
The assistant referees for this match will be Thomas Ramsey and Ian Dudley. The fourth official is Anthony Da Costa.
Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers
Location: ABAX Stadium
Date: Saturday, 22nd April, 2017
Anthony Da Costa
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