Date: 18th February 2020 at 6:30am
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The Football League has now announced the officials that will take charge of the match between Lincoln City and Gillingham on Saturday afternoon.

Lincoln City host Gillingham on Saturday, February 22 for the match at Sincil Bank and the match carries a 3.00pm kick-off.

Referee: Tom Nield.
Assistants Refs: Steven Rushton and Thomas Harty.
Fourth Official: Ian Dudley.

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Tom Nield has been the man in the middle for 11 matches involving Lincoln City:

10/10/15: Chester 2-3 Lincoln City (Conference) – 5 yellow cards
16/01/16: Lincoln City 0-1 Forest Green Rovers (Conference) – 7 yellow cards and 1 red card
16/04/16: Southport 2-2 Lincoln City (Conference) – no cards shown
13/09/16: Lincoln City 0-0 Solihull Moors (Conference) – 3 yellow cards and 1 red card
22/10/16: Lincoln City 0-0 Eastleigh (Conference) – 2 yellow cards
22/04/17: Lincoln City 2-1 Macclesfield Town (Conference) – 4 yellow cards and 1 red card
02/09/17: Lincoln City 0-0 Luton Town (League Two) – 1 yellow card
07/11/17: Lincoln City 2-1 Notts County (EFL Trophy) – 2 yellow cards
20/01/18: Barnet 1-1 Lincoln City (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
30/03/18: Lincoln City 3-2 Exeter City (League Two) – 2 yellow cards
22/10/19: Portsmouth 1-0 Lincoln City (League One) – 2 yellow cards

TOTALS: Matches: 11 | Yellow Cards: 31 | Red Cards: 3

He received an average rating of 6.17 following the 1-0 defeat away at Portsmouth in October. Some of the comments can be found below:

Eweimps: “ From I-follow I thought he did well, played advantage well most of the time though did pull us up once preventing a promising move and I think Michael O’Connor got away with a poor challenge where I didn’t think he won the ball (expected a card) and Bruno looked like he may have been pulled back in the box preventing a tap in. On the whole, barring one or two exceptions, the refs have been an improvement on last season.


Imps2018: “ From the match, no ifollow replays and crowd bias – 4/10.

Looked like Harness kicked out at MOC but wasn’t dealt with (Harness was taken off quickly after)

Marquis and Burgess both got away with dissent and keeper was time-wasting as most/all do.

A couple of opportunities for us where he blew for their free-kick for very little.

Couldn’t see Andrade penalty claim but we could have had one 2nd half where it looked like a handball and a shove and trip on I think Connolly.

Most in the middle of the park seemed correct though and he had to make all decisions for his linesmen too who were indecisive, to say the least.”

PerthImp: “ 7/10. I thought he was pretty good on most things – let the game flow and played advantage when he could, didn’t flash unnecessary cards. Could have been a bit fussier but we would probably have marked him down for that.”

Tom Nield: 2019/20 Stats:

03/08/19: Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Bolton Wanderers (League One) – no cards shown
10/08/19: Fleetwood Town 2-1 AFC Wimbledon (League One) – 4 yellow cards
13/08/19: Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Oldham Athletic (EFL Cup) – 3 yellow cards
20/08/19: Crawley Town 1-2 Crewe Alexandra (League Two) – 1 yellow card
24/08/19: Morecambe 2-3 Exeter City (League Two) – 1 yellow card and 1 red card
17/09/19: Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Peterborough United (League One) – 4 yellow cards
21/09/19: Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
05/10/19: Bradford City 2-1 Swindon Town (League Two) – 4 yellow cards
08/10/19: Ipswich Town 4-0 Gillingham (EFL Trophy) – 3 yellow cards
12/10/19: Rochdale 2-1 Accrington Stanley (League One) – 2 yellow cards
19/10/19: Newport County 2-1 Scunthorpe United (League Two) – 6 yellow cards
22/10/19: Portsmouth 1-0 Lincoln City (League One) – 2 yellow cards
12/11/19: Walsall 6-0 Forest Green Rovers (EFL Trophy) – 2 yellow cards and 1 red card
23/11/19: Southend United 0-4 Oxford United (League One) – 3 yellow cards
30/11/19: Portsmouth 2-1 Altrincham (FA Cup) – 2 yellow cards
14/12/19: Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Coventry City (League One) – 4 yellow cards
21/12/19: Grimsby Town 0-1 Scunthorpe United (League Two) – 7 yellow cards
29/12/19: Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Blackpool (League One) – 4 yellow cards
01/01/20: Accrington Stanley 1-2 Rochdale (League One) – 2 yellow cards
04/01/20: Macclesfield Town 1-0 Cambridge United (League Two) – 3 yellow cards
14/01/20: Oxford United 0-0 Ipswich Town (League One) – 2 yellow cards
18/01/20: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Portsmouth (League One) – 4 yellow cards
28/01/20: Grimsby Town 3-1 Stevenage (League Two) – 4 yellow cards
01/02/20: Crawley Town 3-1 Scunthorpe United (League Two) – 5 yellow cards
08/02/20: Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Bristol Rovers (League One) – 7 yellow cards
11/02/20: Northampton Town 0-1 Swindon Town (League Two) – 4 yellow cards
15/02/20: Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Crewe Alexandra (League Two) – 1 yellow card

TOTALS: Matches: 27 | Yellow Cards: 87 | Red Cards: 2

Tom Nield oversaw 21 matches last season. In those matches, he showed 68 yellow cards and 3 red cards.

In the match between Forest Green Rovers and Crawley Town (1-0) in Sky Bet League Two, he showed 7 yellow cards and 1 red card.

Nield was the man in the middle for a total of 29 matches during the 2017/18 season, showing a total of 65 yellow cards and 2 yellow cards

He was most card happy in the match between Cheltenham Town and Colchester United (3-1) in Sky Bet League Two when he showed 5 yellow cards and 1 red card.

Matchday referee Nield took in 20 games in 2016/17, showing 44 yellows cards and four red cards.

His highest card count that year was in the game between Gateshead and Bromley in the National League, where he showed a total of 7 yellow cards.

Sources: English Football League & Soccer Base.

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