Ref Watch: Rotherham (H)

Tomorrow night sees Rotherham visit the Bank in what promises to be a huge encounter for us.

Coming off the back of the weekend’s win, the emphasis will be on not taking another step back, but looking forward to at least a point. Personally, I think three points from the next two games would be acceptable, although two wouldn’t be a huge failure. It won’t feel like that tomorrow night though, will it? we’ll be hoping for a lucky bounce, the rub of the green and maybe a clean sheet in the league. Will we get a referee likely to help the game flow?


Assistants: Abbas Khan and Stephen Wade

Fourth Official: Johnathon Bickerdike

Tomorrow’s referee gave one of the most famous penalties of Lincoln City’s modern era; the leveller at Gateshead back in 2017. We went into the final minutes 1-0 down, but Sean long’s cross was handled and Peter Wright pointed to the spot for the second time in the game. neither penalty could be disputed, and at the time if you’d told me he’d be taking charge of City in League One five years later, I’d have bitten your hand off!

City v Port Vale 2019 – Credit Graham Burrell

He spent another year in the National League, before joining us in the EFL in our title-winning season. His first visit to Sincil Bank came as we drew 1-1 with Port Vale on New Year’s Day 2019. On that occasion, he could have sent off Anthony Kay for them, but it wasn’t cut and dried, as I wrote: “There’s an argument he (Kay) could have seen red, but the referee chose two other targets and kept Kay on the field. It would have been harsh to dismiss him, but those with rose-tinted glasses might feel differently.” I’m certainly not averse to a referee who tries to keep the game 11v11, even if it is against us.

The following season we had Wright again, this time away at Huddersfield in the EFL Cup. I seem to recall another decent display, although beating the Terriers was enough in itself. I don’t think we spoke much about Mr Wright, and that’s the mark of a good ref, right?

We didn’t get him last season at all, now so far this campaign. He’s not one for a red card, as we saw against Port Vale; he’s not shown a single red this season. In six games he’s shown 19 yellows, which is about average. He’s given just two penalties this season, both in the same game, Wimbledon’s 3-3 draw with Bolton.