Ref to officiate second game at Highbury this season
Tyneside’s Sebastian Stockbridge will be the man in black for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Chesterfield.
This will be the second time Stockbridge has officiated at Highbury this season having also taken charge of the Cod Army’s 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe on the 13th of August.
Two cards were issued that afternoon with both Kevin van Veen of the Iron and Town’s Ricardo Kip seeing yellow after misjudged tackles.
Stockbridge was most recently in the middle for Tuesday night’s Emirates FA Cup First Round replay between Crewe Alexandra and Cheltenham Town where he brandished two yellow cards and no dismissals.
The north-east official has taken charge of 18 games thus far in 2016-17 across the Football League, EFL Cup, FA Cup and Football League Trophy and has seen fit to send off four players in that time.
Stockbridge brought out the red card as recently as last Saturday when Barnet’s Ali Sesay was given a straight red for a late challenge on Grimsby Town’ Scott Vernon at Blundell Park.
That match also saw the Tynesider issue three penalties. Two for Martin Allen’s men during a five minute spell early in the second half, and one for the Mariners in second half stoppage-time so don’t be surprised if there’s a spot-kick or two at Highbury on Saturday afternoon.
Stockbridge will be assisted by Darren Strain and Danny Markham whilst Philip Dermott will be the fourth official.