ROB Evans brought the curtain down on a 28 year refereeing career at Saturday’s Central Wales Cup Final.

The much respected Presteigne based official blew the whistle for the final time as Berriew hit back to draw 3-3 with Llanrhaeadr before prevailing 3-1 on penalties in an enthralling final in Caersws.

Evans said: “I have really enjoyed my time as an official and am looking forward to retirement.

“It was a great game to end the season and congratulations to both teams for playing their part in an entertaining final.”

Evans will continue in his capacity with the Radnorshire Referees Association and called upon the next generation to step up and become officials.

“Nowadays a young referee has so many opportunities to progress in the game through the the Football Association of Wales development programme,” said Evans who began his own career in 1991.

Previously Evans had played for Llanidloes Town and Presteigne before ending his career at Radnor Valley who he also managed for three seasons before beginning on a road which would lead to the League of Wales, the predecessor of today’s JD Welsh Premier.

Enroute Evans officiated at all levels of the game and reached the pinnacle by refereeing an FAW Trophy Final and stepping up to the national league in 1996.

Evans also took charge of a staggering 106 games in a single season while becoming one of the region’s most well known and respected men in black.

Evans will now enjoy his retirement and time with his family but promised to continue his lifelong support the game he has served throughout his life, first as a player, then a manager and for the past 28 years as one of Mid Wales’ most respected match officials.