When a replacement Assistant Referee was called for over the PA system, Connor immediately volunteered his services to match Referee Mark McMahon. After a brief match instruction from Mark and Connor remembering his 45 minute practical session on Assistant refereeing on the course went on to give a very good performance which was fully appreciated by all players, coaches, spectators and his fellow officials.
Although not covered on the training course Connor also provided an after match interview on his first match day experience for the Seaham Red Star website which can be found here
Referee Development Officer for Durham FA, Jeff Russell said “I believe this must be a record throughout the country whereby a newly qualified Referee actually carries out an Assistant Referee duty before refereeing his first game. But we are so proud of Connor that he stepped into this high level fixture without hesitation and has come through with flying colours. I’m sure this will have been a fantastic experience for Connor which will stand him in good stead for his future refereeing career.”