Familiar face in charge of Pompey v Accrington

Gavin Ward awarded Pompey a controversial late penalty in their 1-0 win at Exeter earlier this season    Picture: Joe Pepler
Gavin Ward awarded Pompey a controversial late penalty in their 1-0 win at Exeter earlier this season Picture: Joe Pepler
Gary Roberts. Picture: Sarah Standing (170841-4464)

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Gavin Ward will referee Pompey’s game against Accrington Stanley at Fratton Park today.

Ward, from Surrey, has refereed 26 games this season, dishing out 94 yellow cards and four reds.

He officiated Exeter’s 4-0 drubbing of Crewe Alexandra last Saturday, during which he sent off Alex midfielder Charlie Kirk for a lunging tackle on Jake Taylor.

Ward has officiated Pompey twice already this season, with Paul Cook’s side winning one and losing one.

He took charge of the Blues’ 1-0 away victory at Exeter in August, awarding a controversial 85th-minute penalty for Pierce Sweeney’s foul on Kal Naismith, from which Gary Roberts scored the winner.

Ward also refereed Pompey’s 2-1 defeat to Wycombe in the FA Cup first round back in November.

Craig Hicks and Adrian Tranter have been selected as linesmen, while Marc Wilson will be fourth official.