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Johnstone's Paint Trophy Round 2 preview

7 October 2014

We look ahead to the matches in Round 2 of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Northern Section

Managerless Hartlepool United will host Sky Bet League 1 outfit Sheffield United at Victoria Park in Round 2 of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday.

Colin Cooper resigned from his position as Pools boss over the weekend, and Sam Collins and Stephen Pears will take charge of their clash with the Blades, which kicks-off at 7pm.

Two-time trophy winners Carlisle United will be hoping to transfer their current league form into the competition when they take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

The Cumbrians have won their last two league fixtures, which included a 1-0 win against opponents Tranmere, and they look full of confidence under new manager Keith Curle.

There are four all-Sky Bet League 1 ties on Tuesday, as Oldham Athletic face Barnsley, Scunthorpe host the in-form Notts County, Walsall take on Rochdale at Spotland, and Port Vale, still under the guidance of caretaker Rob Page, visit Preston North End.

Oldham and Barnsley face off having beaten Bradford City and York City respectively in the previous round. Scunthorpe enter Round 2 after a win against last season’s runners-up Chesterfield, while Notts County saw off Mansfield Town in the First Round.

Dale and Walsall have already met once this season, in September, and it was Dale who ran out convincing 4-0 winners. Preston and Port Vale are yet to clash in the league this term but the Lilywhites did the double over their opponents in 2013/14.

Morecambe will travel to Bury following their 3-1 triumph over Fleetwood Town in Round 1. The pair are separated by just four points in Sky Bet League 2, with the Shakers top of the table and the Shrimps just behind in the Play-Off places.

Elsewhere, Sky Bet League 2 high-flyers Burton Albion take on Doncaster Rovers at the Pirelli Stadium, in a match between two sides who did well in the Capital One Cup this term before bowing out in Round 3.

Southern Section

MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon will meet for just the third time in their history at stadiummk on Tuesday, with the visitors having worked hard for their place in Round 2 last time around.

It took a 4-2 penalty shoot-out triumph for Wimbledon to progress against Southend last month, while Milton Keynes received a bye in Round 1.

Leyton Orient travel to Dagenham & Redbridge having knocked-out holders Peterborough United in the First Round. The O’s triumphed 3-2 in a dramatic game at London Road in September and will now face a Daggers side who have picked up just one win in their last seven league matches.

The last time Leyton Orient and Dagenham met in the Trophy, in October 2011, they battled out a thrilling penalty shoot-out, which ended 14-13 to the Daggers.

Colchester United and Gillingham will contest the only all-Sky Bet League 1 tie in the Southern Section of the draw and the only all-Sky Bet League 2 clash sees Chris Wilder's Northampton Town visit Portsmouth.

Elsewhere, Swindon Town and Coventry City face Plymouth Argyle and the in-form Exeter City respectively. Luton Town, meanwhile, who won the competition in 2009, entertain Crawley Town at Kenilworth Road.

On Wednesday, Whaddon Road will play host to the clash of the Robins, as Cheltenham Town host League 1 leaders Bristol City in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

City, who won the competition in 1986 and 2003, are currently unbeaten in the league, while Cheltenham are without a win since they put out Oxford United in Round 1 of the Trophy last month.

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