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Ross Joyce to referee Forest Green Rovers home clash

8 October 2020

Ross Joyce will be the man in the middle for the Iron's home league encounter against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

The Cleveland-based official travels to the Sands Venue Stadium for his seventh game of the campaign and his second in Sky Bet League Two. Joyce is currently in his sixth season as an EFL match official.

His first game of the campaign was Preston North End's emphatic 4-0 home win over Mansfield Town in Round One of the Carabao Cup - a game in which he issued four cautions. Meanwhile, his latest encounter was on Tuesday night in the EFL Trophy when he took charge of the match between Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers. The match ended 2-1 to the hosts, with six yellow cards shown.

He's taken charge of the Iron on seven occasions in total, most recently last December when the side squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at home to Colchester United. Four cautions were issued in the game, with Scunthorpe's only card going to Jordan Clarke. In the seven previous games, he's shown 23 yellow cards and no reds.

Meanwhile, he's refereed Forest Green on six previous occasions, with four of those coming while both were operating in the Conference / National League. His most recent encounter involving the side was last August when he oversaw a 2-1 defeat at Port Vale. Across all six fixtures, he's shown 12 yellow cards and one red.

In 2018-19, he took charge of 44 games, including back-to-back visits to Wembley, taking charge of the FA Vase Final and the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final.

Last season, he issued 115 yellow cards and three reds in 27 games. So far in this campaign, he has officiated in six encounters, showing 23 yellows and one red.

On Saturday, Joyce will be assisted by Stephen Wade and Daniel Woodward, while Ian Smedley has been appointed as the fourth official.

PAST SCUNTHORPE ENCOUNTERS

DATE COMP MATCH Y
Dec 14, 2019 LG 2 Iron 2-2 Colchester United 4 0
Nov 13, 2018 EFL T Mansfield Town 3-2 Iron 1 0
Sep 8, 2018 LG 1 Iron 3-3 Rochdale 4 0
Dec 26, 2017 LG 1 Blackpool 2-3 Iron 5 0
Aug 12, 2017 LG 1 Rochdale 1-1 Iron 0 0
Aug 23, 2016 LGEC Iron 1-2 Bristol City 4 0
Feb 20, 2016 LG 1 Fleetwood Town 2-1 Iron 5 0

PAST FOREST GREEN ENCOUNTERS

DATE COMP MATCH Y R
Aug 20, 2019 LG 2 Port Vale 2-1 Forest Green Rovers 3 0
Sep 26, 2017 LG 2 Cambridge United 3-0 Forest Green Rovers 0 0
Apr 25, 2015 CONF Forest Green Rovers 0-0 Dover Athletic 4 0
Dec 21, 2013 CONF Halifax Town 1-0 Forest Green Rovers 0 1
Oct 13, 2012 CONF Mansfield Town 1-0 Forest Green Rovers 3 0
Sep 24, 2011 CONF Lincoln City 1-1 Forest Green Rovers 2 0

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