Date: 13th February 2020 at 6:47pm
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The English Football League has now announced the officials that will take charge of the match between Accrington Stanley and Lincoln City in League One.

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Accrington Stanley host Lincoln City on Saturday, February 15 for the match at the Wham Stadium and the match carries a 3.00pm kick-off.

Referee: Christopher Pollard.
Assistants Refs: David Avent and Mark Cunliffe.
Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett.

Christopher Pollard has been the man in the middle for one match involving Lincoln City:

16/11/19: Gillingham 1-0 Lincoln City (League One) – 4 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 1 | Yellow Cards: 4 | Red Cards: 0

He received an average rating of 5.14 following the 1-1 draw at Gillingham in November. Some of the comments can be found below:

buckielugger: “5.

Not the worst but thought Eardley booking was ridiculous. And he took no action against the reckless kick in the head on Andrade. Billy Knott red-carded for less at Notts.”

PerthImp: “4 for me. Run of the mill stuff ok, but a ref should be marked on the important, game-changing stuff. This ref bottled so much. How many times did anImps player get man-handled in their half with no punishment or even a free-kick? OK, maybe the ref wanted to see a more physical game and we just didn’t think it fair to join in with the rough stuff (hate to say it but can you imagine a Cowley team performing like that). As for the Eardley booking – laughable – a lecture would have been all that was need3d there. Mind you, it was pretty malicious and seriously pre-determined ??”

johnolbe: “6.

Average, no decisions altered the course of the game. Can’t expect to be given free-kicks for challenging like a bunch of pansies and getting outmuscled. Only explanation on the Eardley booking is that he must have told him to wait for the whistle before he takes the free-kick, if he then takes it before the whistle, I think it is a regulation booking. Rules are rules ******** and all that.”

Christopher Pollard was promoted to the Football League ready for the start of the 2019/20 season, having spent the 2018/19 season refereeing in the Conference and Premier League 2.

Speaking to BuryFreePress on his promotion, Pollard said: ”“I am absolutely delighted. When I started out 11 or 12 years ago the dream was to be a Football League referee, and so to finally get that promotion is fantastic.
“This promotion takes me into the professional game as a referee and hopefully it will open up lots of opportunities in the future.”

Christopher Pollard: 2019/20 Stats:

10/08/19: Mansfield Town 2-2 Morecambe (League Two) – 4 yellow cards and 1 red card
17/08/19: Scunthorpe United 2-2 Crawley Town (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
20/08/19: Stevenage 0-1 Bradford City (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
03/09/19: Leyton Orient 2-0 Southend United (EFL Trophy) – 3 yellow cards and 1 red card
07/09/19: Newport County 1-0 Port Vale (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
28/09/19: Macclesfield Town 1-1 Colchester United (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
08/10/19: Swindon Town 0-3 Plymouth Argyle (EFL Trophy) – 2 yellow cards
12/10/19: Blackpool 1-2 Rotherham United (League One) – 9 yellow cards
05/11/19: Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Fulham U21s (EFL Trophy) – no cards shown
10/11/19: Chippenham Town 0-3 Northampton Town (FA Cup) – no cards shown
12/11/19: Peterborough United 2-1 Cambridge United (EFL Trophy) – 3 yellow cards
16/11/19: Gillingham 1-0 Lincoln City (League One) – 4 yellow cards
19/11/19: Bromley 0-1 Bristol Rovers (FA Cup) – 3 yellow cards
26/11/19: Grimsby Town 0-0 Cheltenham Town (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
14/12/19: Leyton Orient 0-0 Bradford City (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
04/01/20: Salford City 1-2 Walsall (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
18/01/20: Newport County 2-0 Swindon Town (League Two) – 5 yellow cards
21/01/20: Macclesfield Town 1-1 Crewe Alexandra (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
25/01/20: Bristol Rovers 0-0 Fleetwood Town (League One) – 3 yellow cards
28/01/20: Cambridge United 0-4 Salford City (League Two) – 5 yellow cards
08/02/20: Scunthorpe United 1-0 Cheltenham Town (League Two) – 3 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 21 | Yellow Cards: 63 | Red Cards: 2

Christopher Pollard was the man in the middle for 16 matches last season, all of which were in the Conference. In those matches, he showed a total of 61 yellow cards and no red cards.

He showed 7 yellow cards on two occasions during last season: Aldershot Town 3-2 Bromley and Chesterfield 1-1 Wrexham.

Pollard oversaw 9 matches in the Conference during the 2017/18 season, showing a total of 24 yellow cards and 1 red card.

He was most card happy in the match between Solihull Moors and Barrow (3-3) when he showed 4 yellow cards and 1 red card.

Sources: English Football League & Soccer Base.

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