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Academy sides discover Checkatrade Trophy draw

18 Jul 2018
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Wolves one of 16 Category One sides learning their opponents in competition their coach says is beneficial

The draw for the Checkatrade Trophy has been made with Category One Academies drawn against sides from Leagues One and Two.

Last season's Premier League 2 champions Arsenal will compete in the competition for the first time and have been drawn in Group E of the Southern Section.

Chelsea, who reached the semi-finals of the 2017/18 competition, are in a group with Newport County, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town.

'A real challenge'

Wolverhampton Wanderers reached the third round when they last appeared in the competition in 2016/17 and they are in a group with holders Lincoln City.

Scott Sellars, Wolves' head of Academy player development, says it will be a valuable experience for his players.

"The last time we were in it I spoke very highly of the competition," he says. "I gave us something that we didn't have which was to play against men in front of crowd at a proper stadium.

"The players thrived in it, they loved it. It really challenged them."

Northern Section

Group A: Carlisle, Morecambe, Sunderland, Stoke U21s
Group B: Bury, Fleetwood, Rochdale, Leicester U21s
Group C: Accrington, Blackpool, Macclesfield, West Brom U21s
Group D: Crewe, Shrewsbury, Tranmere, Man City U21s
Group E: Burton, Port Vale, Walsall, Middlesbrough U21s
Group F: Barnsley, Bradford, Oldham, Everton U21s
Group G: Doncaster, Grimsby, Notts County, Newcastle U21s
Group H: Lincoln, Mansfield, Scunthorpe, Wolves U21s

Southern Section

Group A: Crawley, Gillingham, Portsmouth, Spurs U21s
Group B: Cambridge, Colchester, Southend, Southampton U21s
Group C: Newport, Plymouth, Swindon, Chelsea U21s
Group D: Bristol Rovers, Exeter, Yeovil, West Ham U21s
Group E: Cheltenham, Coventry, Forest Green Rovers, Arsenal U21s
Group F: Northampton, Oxford, Wycombe, Fulham U21s
Group G: AFC Wimbledon, Charlton, Stevenage, Swansea U21s
Group H: Luton, MK Dons, Peterborough, Brighton U21s 

See: Checkatrade Trophy explained

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