Question of the Week
What should happen to the EFL Trophy next season?
By: Rob Sedgwick
GRIMSBY now know their route to the possible riches of Round 3 in the FA Cup. The Mariners have to beat League Two side Port Vale in the Round 1 replay at Blundell Park next week. If they manage that they will face BSS outfit Salisbury in Wiltshire in the second round.
Town more than matched Port Vale for the first 45 minutes on Saturday, and will be hoping that home advantage will carry them over the line on Tuesday week.
On paper Salisbury is a winnable game, but Town have been beaten many time recently by lower league opposition. The Mariners have not been in Round 3 of the FA Cup since they were last in the Championship in 2004, when they entered the competition at that stage.
In other highlights of the draw another BSS side Sutton United will host League One side Notts County at home, and AFC Totton, who beat Bradford Park Avenue 8-1 on Saturday, will entertain Bristol Rovers. If Scunthorpe beat AFC Wimbledon in the replay at Glanford Park they will have to travel to Bradford.
Salisbury v Port Vale or Grimsby
Plymouth or Stourbridge v Stevenage
Sheffield United v Torquay United
Colchester United v Swindon Town
Chelmsford City v Macclesfield Town
Leyton Orient v Bournemouth or Gillingham
Crawley Town v Redbridge or Oxford City
Luton Town v Cheltenham Town
Fleetwood Town v Yeovil Town
Brentford v Cambridge United or Wrexham
Bradford City v AFC Wimbledon or Scunthorpe
Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
Dagenham & Redbridge or Bath City v Exeter City or Walsall
Barnet v Milton Keynes Dons
Gateshead v Hinckley United or Tamworth
Sheffield Wednesday v Maidenhead United or Aldershot Town
Sutton United v Notts County
Preston North End or Southend United v Oldham Athletic
AFC Totton v Bristol Rovers
Charlton Athletic v Carlisle United
Ties will be played on the weekend of 3 and 4 December.
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