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