Over a hugely successful career, Ward boasts experience in the Premier League and international football as well as the EFL.
Ward was appointed to the Select Group 2 list of referees ahead of the 2018/19 season after over ten years as an EFL referee in League One and League Two.
During that time, he took charge of the 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy Final between Shrewsbury Town and Lincoln City, as well as being the Fourth Official for the FA Vase Final in 2011.
The Surrey official has applied the letter of the law this season, producing 13 yellow cards and three red cards in his five fixtures to-date – with three of those matches coming in the second tier of English football.
He will be assisted by Mark Jones and Richard Wild at the KCOM Stadium, with Declan Bourne on fourth official duties.