Round two opponents confirmed
Carlisle United have been drawn to face League Two outfit Morecambe away in the second round of this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy competition.
United, who hold the honour of being the most successful club in the history of the competition having reached the final an impressive six times, were handed a bye for round one but will play their first part in this season’s campaign at the beginning of October.
The sides last met in the early stages of this competition in September 2009 when a late strike from Graham Kavanagh - his second of the game - earned the Cumbrians a 2-2 draw from what had been a very tough tie. Keeper Adam Collin became the hero of the hour in the shoot-out with two saves which paved the way for Gary Madine to make it 4-2 and a successful away day for the travelling Blues.
“If you watched the game on Wednesday night in Bristol you’ll see what an impact this competition can have,” manager Greg Abbott said. “It’s probably becoming more and more important because it’s a genuine chance for clubs at our level to play at Wembley and to make some money. I really do think it’s a great competition.
“Ideally you get a home draw in every knockout competition, but that's something you can't do anything about. This will be a tough game for us because Jim Bentley always sends his side out to work hard, particularly on their own patch. There's a lot of football between now and then but it's one for us to look forward to."
Morecambe v Carlisle United, JPT round two - ties to be played week beginning 7 October 2013. Full match details to follow.