The long-awaited trip down to the New Plough Lane Stadium with a travelling army of 1,000 plus Dons fans in tow.

We as ever cast an eye over the man in the middle and hope he has a good but quiet game; it certainly can’t be an easy task for anyone with a predicted lively atmosphere and so much at stake.

The man tasked with the job is James Oldham from Derbyshire and this will be our first encounter with him this season which I find surprising, as I was sure our paths have crossed before and recently.

According to the official records we saw him last at Bristol Rovers in April 2021 where we won 2-0 thanks to goals from Scott Fraser (17’) and Will Grigg (60’).

That was the third meeting with Mr Oldham that season, for the record a 1-1 draw with Oxford in February thanks to an Andrew Surman goal and another 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers at home on Boxing Day 2020, Ben Gladwin, and Scott Fraser with the goals that day, and Andrew Fisher saving an injury time penalty.

Ref Oldham has been in charge for 26 games this season and in that time, he has booked 97 players, converting just one of those to a double yellow offence, dished out 1 straight red and awarded 5 penalties.

Mr Oldham will be assisted by Nicholas Cooper and Michael Webb on the flags, with Paul Howard as the 4th Official.

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