U’s draw Hereford in Carling Cup

Colchester United face a long trip to Hereford United in the first round of the Carling Cup.

COLCHESTER United face a long trip to Hereford United in the first round of the Carling Cup.

With teams who finished 13th in League One or above seeded, as well as those from the north and south kept apart, the 410-mile round trip to the Welsh border is one of the furthest the U’s could have got.

John Trewick’s side finished 16th in League Two last season, having finished rock-bottom of League One the previous campaign.

Colchester also drew Hereford away in the FA Cup second round last season, the U’s scraping a 1-0 win at Edgar Street courtesy of John-Joe O’Toole’s last gasp winner.

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Colchester were knocked out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle last season with a 2-1 home defeat by Leyton Orient.

Elsewhere, Ipswich Town face an even longer trip to Exeter, while newly-promoted Norwich City will host Gillingham.

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The following ties will be played during the week commencing August 9.

Carling Cup – Round One


Exeter City v Ipswich Town

Southend United v Bristol City

Southampton v AFC Bournemouth

Brentford v Cheltenham Town

Queens Park Rangers v Port Vale

Torquay United v Reading

Norwich City v Gillingham

Stevenage v Portsmouth

Shrewsbury Town v Charlton Athletic

Cardiff City v Burton Albion

Northampton Town v Brighton & Hove Albion

Swansea City v Barnet

Plymouth Argyle v Notts County

Wycombe Wanderers v Millwall

Oxford United v Bristol Rovers

Milton Keynes Dons v Dagenham & Redbridge

Hereford United v Colchester United

Yeovil Town v Crystal Palace

Aldershot Town v Watford

Swindon Town v Leyton Orient


Hartlepool United v Sheffield United

Leicester City v Macclesfield Town

Walsall v Tranmere Rovers

Carlisle United v Huddersfield Town

Stockport County v Preston North End

Barnsley v Rochdale

Morecambe v Coventry City

Doncaster Rovers v Accrington Stanley

Chesterfield v Middlesbrough

Peterborough United v Rotherham United

Bradford City v Nottingham Forest

Leeds United v Lincoln City

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Scunthorpe United v Oldham Athletic

Crewe Alexandra v Derby County

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