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Back-to-back Premier League games for Ashton referee
Wednesday 13th December 2017 @ 06:45 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Football Sports

Highly rated Ashton referee Chris Kavanagh will take charge of back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this week.

He will be at the helm for his sixth top-flight match when Southampton host Leicester City on Wednesday night (December 13) before being back in the middle on the south coast on Saturday for Brighton’s clash with high-flying Burnley at the Amex Stadium.

The 30-year-old, who hails from Manchester but lives in Tameside, has so far brandished 17 yellow cards in his five previous top-flight games but is yet to send off a player or award a penalty.

He will be assisted on Wednesday night by Gary Beswick and Sian Massey-Ellis, while Roger East will be the fourth official.

Kavanagh (pictured) will encounter Leicester for the first time in the Premier League, as Foxes boss Claude Puel returns to St Mary’s for the first time since being sacked by Southampton last summer.

Next up: Before his upcoming Premier League assignment, Kavanagh will be in the middle for Saturday’s Championship clash between QPR and Leeds United at Loftus Road

The former Manchester County FA Referee Development Manager impressed during three years in the Football League and made his top-flight debut in Southampton’s 1-0 win at West Brom back in April before gaining promotion to the Select Group over the summer.

He had already overseen Brighton’s 3-1 win over West Brom at the Amex Stadium and Burnley’s goalless draw with Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor, in which he correctly booked Terriers forward Rajiv van La Parra for diving – both in September.

Kavanagh – who began refereeing in 1998 – also put in further solid displays in Watford’s 3-0 win over Newcastle at St James’s Park and Everton’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield at Goodison Park, in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge, last weekend.

He will be assisted on Saturday by Constantine Hatzidakis and Mick McDonough, with Andre Marriner on fourth official duties.

One of his most high-profile career appointments to date was his one and only appearance at Wembley Stadium, as fourth official for Glossop North End’s defeat by North Shields in the final of the FA Vase in May 2015.