Second decade started for Herts Ad Sunday League referee Rebecca Fearns

Rebecca Fearns Herts Ad Sunday League referee

Rebecca Fearns, Herts Ad Sunday League referee. - Credit: BRIAN HUBBALL

It takes a lot to enforce the laws in Sunday football but that hasn't stopped Rebecca Fearns picking up the whistle for the last 11 seasons.

There are few women in general refereeing in grassroots football but Fearns always wanted to be a ref, following in the footsteps of dad John, a long-serving match official in the Herts Ad Sunday League.

And she has proven popular too according to the league's Brian Hubball.

He said: "In her first season in the league she was runner-up in the Betty Angelow shield, a competition for referees with the highest marks.

"Two years later she was the winner.

"Rebecca’s efficient performances with the whistle has seen her rewarded with appointments as assistant in four cup finals as well as taking charge of one Golding Cup final.

"The only other woman to referee in the Sunday League was Lyn McGregor but that was only for a couple of games."