Details of the groupings for this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy have been released with the Cobblers once again placed in the North East section of the draw along with some tough looking potential opposition. We were given the inevitable Hartlepool away draw last season and could face a similar fate this time, though tougher looking games would be against either Sheffield club, Huddersfield Town or Scunthorpe United.
Other possibly ties include Bradford City and Burton Albion so we’ll be hoping for a home draw this time around when it’s made on Soccer AM on Saturday, August 13th. We’ve been drawn away seven times in a row in all cup competitions and with the potential distance to travel this time we really need a home game!
New boys AFC Wimbledon are one of eight sides drawn to receive a bye for the first round.
Full details of the groupings:
First Round Byes
Northern Section – Chesterfield, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End, Rochdale, Rotherham United.
Southern Section – AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot Town, Charlton Athletic, Gillingham, Oxford United, Stevenage, Swindon Town, Yeovil Town.
Northern Section – West
Accrington Stanley, Bury, Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall.
Northern Section – East
Bradford City, Burton Albion, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday.
Southern Section – West
AFC Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers.
Southern Section – East
Barnet, Brentford, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Southend United.