Only one game has survived the weather in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area semi-finals, with Carlisle United taking on Sheffield Wednesday at Brunton Park.

Tranmere Rovers versus Huddersfield Town and Bristol Rovers against Exeter City have both fallen foul of the weather, due to frozen pitches.

The Cumbrians are looking to go one step further than they did last season, when they were beaten in the final by Southampton.

Greg Abbott's side secured an excellent Northern Section final win over Leeds United, which included a 2-1 win at Elland Road, when goals from Graham Kavanagh and Joe Anyinsah secured a famous 2-1 victory.

They couldn't keep the run going though and were beaten 4-1 by the Saints, with Gary Madine netting a late consolation goal.

The Carlisle boss is looking for an improvement on Saturday's performance which saw them minutes away from going out of the FA Cup to non-league Tamworth.

An injury time goal from James Chester spared their blushes and Abbott wants to see more from his side tonight, as he told the Journal:

"Sheffield Wednesday are a good team on a good run, and they will come here confident that they can beat us," he said.

"We have already shown against them this season that we can more than match them if we play our game, and we need to do that again.

"We'll have to battle, we'll have to work hard and we'll have to make sure that we concentrate, but it's a competition that we like and we'll be doing our best to make sure that we're the ones to go through."

When the sides met earlier in the season at Hillsborough it was the visitors who ran out winners thanks to a first half goal from Craig Curran.

That defeat was one of four on the bounce for the Owls but since then they have lost just twice in 14 matches, those coming against Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield.

All the talk this week has been about events off the pitch, after former Leicester City and Portsmouth Chairman Milan Mandaric bought the club.

Manager Alan Irvine is just hoping that doesn't have any impact on his job: "Every manager is under pressure to achieve what their club expects of them," Irvine told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I knew my job this year was about trying to get promotion and nothing has changed. I'm still under that kind of pressure.

"The takeover deal is great news for the club and I share the ambition to take the club back to the top," he added. "Milan Mandaric has obviously done extremely well at both Portsmouth and Leicester and, if he can do as well at Sheffield Wednesday, then clearly there are good times ahead for people connected with the club."

A win at Brunton Park would put either side just two games away from a trip to Wembley, with just a two-legged area final standing between them and the match in the capital.

Although they won't find out their opponents for another week, when Tranmere host Huddersfield in the re-arranged clash.

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