THE match official appointments for Salford City and Altrincham’s Emirates FA Cup second round ties have been confirmed by the Football Association.

Gavin Ward, from Surrey, will be the man in the middle for Salford’s clash with League Two side Hartlepool United on Friday night – live on BBC Two (KO 19:55 GMT).

Andy Davies, of Hampshire, is the referee for Alty’s tie with League One Colchester United at the Weston Holmes Community Stadium on Sunday (KO 14:00 GMT).

Both sides dumped out Football League opposition in the first round to reach this stage of the competition, with Salford City beating Notts County 2-0 while Alty overcame Barnsley 1-0 at Moss Lane.

Ward has been officiating in the Football League since the start of the 2007-08 season, when he produced a red card 19 minutes into his debut match in Barnet’s 2-1 home defeat by Hereford in League Two.

This season, he has issued 49 yellow cards and awarded five penalties in 14 games across five different competitions, with his only red card coming in Oxford United’s 2-0 win over Swindon in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in October.

The 45-year-old will be assisted for the televised game by Steve Rushton (Staffordshire) and Duncan Street (West Yorkshire), with Peter Bankes (Merseyside) on fourth official duties.

Gavin Ward and Andy Davies collage (FA Cup 2nd round - Dec 2015)
Experience: Gavin Ward (left) and Andy Davies (right) have both taken charge of five Championship games already this season

Davies is in his fourth season as a Football League referee and is a former Portsmouth, Gillingham and Yeovil footballer who retired at the age of 28 through injury and took up the whistle in 2003.

The 39-year-old has sent off three players, given three penalties and brandished 54 yellow cards in 15 games so far this term.

He will be assisted by Matt Eva (Surrey) and Adrian Waters (Hertfordshire) while John O’Brien (London) will be the fourth official.

Salford City currently sit third in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football, and welcome Ronnie Moore’s Hartlepool to Moor Lane in the first of 20 ties over the weekend.

Altrincham, who are 17th in the National League, travel to managerless Colchester on Sunday afternoon when they will feature on the BBC’s special FA Cup Final Score programme.

A full list of match official appointments can be viewed on the FA’s website

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