Robert Lewis will be the man in charge when Rovers host Lincoln City in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.
Lewis has had a fairly unfortunate time of things when overseeing – or attempting to oversee - Rovers’ matches. He was forced to postpone an away match at Blackpool last season after heavy rainfall in the area led to a waterlogged pitch at Bloomfield Road while in 2017, he had to be replaced midway through the second half of a match against Charlton Athletic when a clash with striker Josh Magennis left Lewis with concussion.
The man from Shropshire managed to complete the full 90 minutes of the rearranged Blackpool game in May 2021 in which Rovers suffered a 2-0 defeat thanks to Ellis Simms’ brace. Lewis handed out four yellow cards that evening - defender Joe Wright was the only Rovers player to be booked.
The 52-year-old is a vastly experienced official who oversaw his first National League match in 2001 and has spent more than a decade officiating in the EFL. So far this season, he has taken charge of 12 games handing out 37 yellow cards and one red.
On Saturday he will be assisted by Danny Gratton and Peter Gooch. Paul Graham will be the fourth official.