Rebecca Welch wrote English football history

Welch led the Easter showdown between Harrogate and Port Vale in League Two. No woman has previously been a referee in an entire match at the top four league levels in England.

It should be mentioned that Amy Fearn in 2010 refereed the last 20 minutes between Coventry and Nottingham Forest, as the referee was injured. Welch is the first female referee appointed to a match in the league system EFL.

– I am really exited. This is what I have been working towards. Getting this opportunity is absolutely fantastic, Welch said after being notified of the appointment.

– This will be the biggest thing in my career. I have judged the women’s FA Cup final, which hangs high. But this will be the biggest so far, Welch explained.

Rebecca Welch was praised for her efforts. Photo: Carl Recine

After Monday’s match, she was praised by both teams’ coaches.

– I absolutely think she was good. Important decisions were made all the way, and they were correct, Harrogate manager Simon Weaver told Sky Sports.

– I think she was focused, and she did not make much mistake. I complained about one or two decisions, but overall she was consistent, said Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke.

She has previously refereed matches in the National League, which is the level below the EFL.

Harrogate and Port Vale are both roughly in the middle of the table in League Two, which is the fourth level in the English league system.

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