United to face one of Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday or Tranmere Rovers in the northern area semi-finals

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Now we are into the area semi-final stage Carlisle are one of four League One clubs left in the northern section, with the two sides the Blues wanting to avoid in the draw no doubt being Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday. Tranmere the other team involved after they were reinstated into the competition when Accrington fielded an ineligible player against them in round two, Rovers then going on to beat Bury 1-0 on the road in the quarter-finals.

Down in the southern section of the draw there is only really one big name left with Charlton Athletic still involved, the Addicks featuring alongside Brentford, Bristol Rovers and Exeter City. That meaning that all eight sides left in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the area semi-final stage are from the third tier of the Football League, with that being the first time ever that has happened since the competition began in 1983/84.

The area semi-final draw itself taking place on Sky Sports's Soccer AM programme on the morning of Saturday 13th November at around 10.20am with the games due to be played in the week commencing Monday 29th November, apart from one tie which will be moved to Tuesday 14th December for television coverage. The full list of teams in each section of the draw being as follows :


Northern Section

Carlisle United
Huddersfield Town
Sheffield Wednesday
Tranmere Rovers


Southern Section

Brentford
Bristol Rovers
Charlton Athletic
Exeter City