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7 July 2011 : Football League Trophy First Round Draw Groupings
Yeovil Town are through to the Second Round of the Football League Trophy - without kicking a ball. The Glovers have been given a bye in the First Round of the Competition after the regional team groupings were drawn by the Football League today.

The chances of Yeovil Town getting a bye during the 2011-12 season were always high after the Football League introduced a rule where a side could not get one during two consecutive seasons. They will therefore be guaranteed a First Round draw during the 2012-13 season, assuming competition rules remain the same.

The Glovers are one of sixteen sides who skip their way into the Second Round, with the lucky teams as follows:

Southern Section (First Round Byes): AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot Town, Charlton Athletic, Gillingham, Oxford United, Stevenage, Swindon Town, Yeovil Town.

Northern Section (First Round Byes): Chesterfield, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End, Rochdale, Rotherham United.

That then leaves the clubs who will have to play in the First Round. They have been drawn into four regional groups that will then be drawn out on Soccer AM on Saturday 13th August, to form the First Round draw. These teams are as follows:

Northern Section (West): Accrington Stanley, Bury, Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall.

Northern Section (East): Bradford City, Burton Albion, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday.

Southern Section (West): AFC Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers.

Southern Section (East): Barnet, Brentford, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Southend United.

First Round matches will be played during the Week-Commencing August 29th 2011. Yeovil Town's involvement in the competition will now not commence until the start of October. For full round dates see the list linked in below.

Link: 2011-12 Season Initial Dates For Your Diary.

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