Ref Watch: Portsmouth (A)

Credit Graham Burrel

Assistants: Kevin Howick and Paul Yates
Fourth Official: Paul Kelly

We travel to Portsmouth this weekend with David Rock the nominated match official.

Rock is an official we have seen a couple of times at Sincil Bank. He first refereed a Lincoln game in 2014, overseeing our 3-1 defeat away at Woking, with him first visiting Sincil Bank later in the season as we beat Southport 1-0. We saw him for a third time in March 2015, as we drew 1-1 at Wrexham. He didn’t officiate us at all in Chris Moyses’ full season in charge, but in our historic 2016/17 season, he was the referee as we went down away at Dover, losing 2-0. He was also the referee who sent off Sean Raggett early in our 1-0 November win against Wrexham at Sincil Bank.

City at Plymouth – Credit Graham Burrell

Rock joined the Football League referee list in the 2019/20 season but didn’t officiate any Lincoln games. Two seasons ago, the only game that he was in charge of was our 2-0 defeat at Plymouth in the FA Cup, a game in which he booked seven players. He did have two other notable appearances throughout the season. the first was not with Lincoln; he was the referee who was forced to abandon Scunthorpe’s tie with Bradford early in the season because of falling snow. He was also the fourth official the day Szmodics did his swan-dive to earn Peterborough an undeserved 3-3 draw, in the final game of the 2020/21 season.

Last season we didn’t see Rock at all, but he did officiate 12 League One matches. He was best described as a fusspot, awarding more fouls per game than all but four refs, 25.17 per encounter. Don’t expect that to manifest into penalties though; he only awarded 0.17 per game, 28th out of the 60 refs. He was 26th for yellow cards and 34th for reds. That suggests a game punctuated by unpunished fouls, but hopefully, I’m wrong!