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Trophy Round 2 preview

9 October 2012


The Johnstone's Paint Trophy often throws up some exciting matches between local rivals, and Round 2 of this year's competition is no different with Rochdale and Bury meeting at Spotland in the northern section.

The old foes of Greater Manchester met twice last season in npower League 1, with Rochdale coming out on top on both occasions, but John Coleman's men were eventually relegated to npower League 2.

The Trophy has allowed the clubs to go head-to-head again this season, though, and Coleman's assistant manager Jimmy Bell is relishing the prospect of renewing their rivalry with the Shakers.

"We are obviously sick that we are not playing in the same league as them [Bury] this year as staying in League 1 was our aim last season," Bell commented

The Dale will be confident of taking the win, though, despite now being in the division below Bury. They have started their season well, sitting fifth with 19 points from 11 matches, and picked up a significant away win against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Bury, meanwhile, have endured a torrid start to the campaign and sit rock bottom of npower League 1. They are yet to win and have picked up just four points from their first 10 fixtures.

Bell added: "We've got a good squad and people do need games but we're going to approach this in a professional manner.

"There might be one or two changes here and there, but there might have been those changes anyway. We're going out to win this game."

The two sides met in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Spotland back in 2007, and it was Bury who progressed back then, winning 3-1.

Bury's recently-appointed boss Kevin Blackwell will be hungry for his first victory as manager of the Gigg Lane outfit, in what is his first taste of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with the club.


In the southern section, two sides looking to gain some momentum in form meet at Fratton Park as npower League 2 strugglers Wycombe Wanderers take on npower League 1 side Portsmouth.

The Chairboys parted company with Gary Waddock at the back-end of last month and veteran midfielder Gareth Ainsworth took over the reigns, and guided his side to their first win in nine matches at the weekend, beating Torquay United 2-1.

The 39-year-old's chances of getting the job on a full-time basis would have enhanced after that morale-boosting victory, and he will hope to carry on the good form at Fratton Park against the 2008 FA Cup winners.

Ainsworth told the Bucks Free Press: "We want to go and win and beat Portsmouth. You don't want a bad result any time but they are going to be strong.

"They are a very professional club, they have got good facilities there. It will be a good experience for some of the boys.

"The team will change slightly but it's not going to be weakened because I've got faith in all my players."

Portsmouth have slid down the football pyramid since their Cup win but things have improved on the field over the last three matches after a slow start to life in npower League 1.

Pompey overcame Scunthorpe United 2-1, Yeovil Town 2-1, before drawing 2-2 with Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.

And boss Michael Appleton is eager to overcome their npower League 2 opponents, and keep progressing in the Trophy, telling "We're in this competition and we want to do well in, but it's dangerous to think too far ahead. We're just concentrating on beating Wycombe.

"The Wycombe match provides a chance for some of the lads to get minutes under the belts and stake a claim for a place in the side.

"It's been a difficult start to the season for them [Wycombe]. I imagine it will be a relief for them to walk away from that.

"Every side sees winning at Fratton [Park] as a massive scalp and it will be the same for Wycombe, coming to a club in a higher division.

"We've got to make sure we have a professional attitude and don't let any complacency creep in."


In the northern section of the Trophy there's a meeting between two clubs who haven't crossed paths in a competitive fixture for over 50 years, as York City host Coventry City.

Coventry won the most result meeting 5-2, back in 1960. The Minstermen's only victory against the Sky Blues came in the first ever match between the two, way back in 1938.

To get to Round 2, Coventry beat Burton Albion 10-9 on penalties, after a goalless draw, while York were 1-0 winners over Rotherham United.

Elsewhere, Morecambe have another game against local rivals in the second round as they prepare to take on Preston North End at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps took on, and beat, near-neighbours Accrington Stanley in the first round and they will hope to progress against the npower League 1 Lillywhites, who needed penalties to beat Carlisle United in Round 1.

There's an all-League 1 tie at the Greenhous Meadow as Shrewsbury Town host Crewe Alexandra. The two sides are yet to meet this season but the Shrews edged it over two games last term in npower League 2 - winning 2-0 at home before drawing 1-1 at the Alexandra Stadium.

The remaining fixtures in the northern section see Doncaster Rovers host Chesterfield, Port Vale travel to Walsall and Bradford City, who have performed well in cup competitions this season having made it to Round 4 of the Capital One Cup, meet Hartlepool United. There's also a televised Trophy fixture on Wednesday 17th October as npower League 1 high-flyers Notts County and Sheffield United go head-to-head at Meadow Lane.

In the southern section, there's three all-League 2 ties starting with Aldershot against Plymouth Argyle.

The Shots will make the long journey down to Home Park with hopes of progressing in the Trophy, despite a loss at the weekend against Chesterfield, which seen them slip into the bottom two in npower League 2.

Oxford United, meanwhile, visit nearby Cheltenham Town. The two sides met at Whaddon Road in mid-September with the Robins running out 2-1 winners.

Southend United and Dagenham and Redbridge go head-to-head in what is the last remaining clash between two League 2 outfits. The Daggers come into the match on form, having not lost in four matches.

Elsewhere, Brentford and Crawley Town meet at Griffin Park for the second successive match. The two sides clashed in npower League 1 on Saturday, with the Bees winning 2-1.

The remaining matches in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Section see Aidy Boothroyd's Northampton Town host his former club, Colchester United, and Barnet take on Leyton Orient.

The match between Torquay United and Yeovil Town, meanwhile, has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The new date for the tie is Tuesday 16th October.

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