The referee appointed to take charge of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie with Bradford City will be refereeing the Lilywhites for the first time.
Matthew Donohue will be the man with the whistle for the game, visiting the Utilita Energy Stadium for the second time in the calendar year, having refereed the Bantams’ 3-1 home win over Peterborough United in March, when former North End striker Eoin Doyle was amongst the scorers.
Last season the match official took charge of 37 games, issuing 135 cautions and seven red cards and this season he has officiated two games, Saturday being his first Championship game, Hull City’s 2-1 success against Reading.
His first game of the season took him to Crewe Alexandra, where Ryan Lowe’s Plymouth Argyle had a 3-0 away win, but the yellow card was brandished eight times.
The other members of the third team involved in Tuesday night’s first round clash see Philip Dermott and Robert Merchant as the assistants and Andrew Miller taking fourth official responsibilities.