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Trophy Area Quarter-Finals preview

12 November 2013

Northern Section Quarter-Final

Chesterfield v Rochdale

2012 Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners Chesterfield entertain Rochdale in this year's Trophy Area Quarter-Finals.

The pair sit side-by-side, third and fourth, in the Sky Bet League 2 table on 26 points. The Spireites are the higher with a better goal difference, although they've won just twice in 10 - a Round 2 Trophy win against Mansfield Town and an FA Cup first round success against non-league Daventry Town.

Keith Hill's Dale had suffered back-to-back defeats before a 2-0 FA Cup victory at Torquay United on Saturday.

Fleetwood Town v Carlisle United

Wednesday sees Fleetwood Town host Carlisle United in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The Cod Army are going well in Sky Bet League 2, sitting top after 15 games with 28 points, while the Cumbrians lie 16th in Sky Bet League 1.

Both teams came up against non-league opposition in the first round of the FA Cup; Fleetwood comfortably overcame Gloucester City 2-0 but Graham Kavanagh's Carlisle were held to a goalless draw by Skrill South outfit Boreham Wood.

Hartlepool United v Rotherham United

Out-of-form Sky Bet League 1 side Rotherham United travel to an in-form Hartlepool United team.

Steve Evans' Millers have dropped down the League 1 table in recent weeks having registered just one league win in eight. Amongst that poor run they overcame York City in the Second Round of the Trophy and, on Saturday, saw off the challenge of Yorkshire rivals Bradford City in the FA Cup.

Pools have seven victories in eight in all competitions, including an impressive Trophy Round 2 win at Sheffield United.

Hartlepool United overcame Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane to set up their tie with Rotherham

Oldham Athletic v Notts County

Notts County were the latest team to feel the wrath of Hartlepool's good form, and on Tuesday night they visit Oldham Athletic in an all-League 1 affair.

The Magpies lost to Colin Cooper's men in the FA Cup on Saturday in what was Shaun Derry's first game in charge of County. They travel to Boundary Park having not won on the road yet this season, apart from a spot-kick success at Wolves in the Second Round of the Trophy.

Oldham drew 1-1 with Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday and lost 3-2 to County in the league at Meadow Lane as recently as October 29th.

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Southern Section Quarter-Final

Peterborough United v Dagenham and Redbridge

Sky Bet League 1 high flyers Peterborough United host mid-table League 2 side Dagenham and Redbridge at London Road.

The Posh recovered from a three-game winless streak by beating Exeter 2-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday, and have now won eight out of their 11 home matches this season.

The Daggers have lost their last two games after being dumped out of the FA Cup by Bristol City, but had previously lost just once in their previous 11.

Newport County v Portsmouth

Newport County face Portsmouth at Rodney Parade in the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

Justin Edinburgh's side, who are 10th in League 2, have played all four of their cup games so far this season away from South Wales, and come into the Trophy match having won five from seven at home this season.

Portsmouth are three points further back in the division, in 16th, and are yet to be drawn at home in cup competitions this campaign, having won just twice on the road in 11 matches.

Stevenage v Leyton Orient

The highest ranked team in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Leyton Orient, take on fellow League 1 side Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.

The previous three meetings between these teams have ended 1-0 to the away side, but Stevenage have won their last four home matches in all competitions ahead of this meeting.

With 38 points from a possible 45, the O's sit top of League 1 by two points, having tasted defeat just twice in 20 games - against Coventry City in the league and after extra-time against Hull City in the Capital One Cup.

Swindon Town v Wycombe Wanderes

2012 Trophy runners-up Swindon Town host Wycombe Wanderers at the County Ground, with 29 places in the pyramid separating the two sides.

The Robins are looking to bounce back from a humiliating 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Skrill Premier outfit Macclesfield Town at the weekend, but Mark Cooper's men are much stronger at home this season with eight victories from 11.

Wycombe knocked out higher division opposition in Bristol City in the previous round after beating Exeter in Round 1, and have won four out of their last six on the road in all competitions.

Swindon players gather in a huddle before the 2012 Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final - a match they lost 2-0 to Chesterfield

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