The three remaining Johnstone's Paints Trophy Area semi-finals should finally be played this week after the weather put paid to two of them on two occasions.

Tranmere Rovers game with Huddersfield Town and Bristol Rovers versus Exeter City have fallen foul of the weather twice while Brentford travel to Charlton Athletic for the other match, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.


Carlisle United were the first team to reach the Area Final when they beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 a fortnight ago and they will have a close eye on proceedings at Prenton Park to see who they'll face.

After being given a second chance in the competition Tranmere boss Manager Les Parry is urging his players to take full advantage and go all the way.

Rovers were beaten in the first round on penalties by Accrington Stanley, before Stanley resigned from the competition after fielding an ineligible player, which saw Tranmere reinstated.

They then beat Stockport County and Bury to set up tonight's match and after back-to-back defeats Parry wants his players to get back into the winning habit.

"Huddersfield are a big side at this level and the lads are up for it, just as they always are," Parry explained to Tranmere Player. "They won't be looking forward to coming here.

"I want to win, mainly because I want to win every game, it doesn't matter what competition it is."

Tranmere go into the match having lost their last two matches, including Saturday's home game with Leyton Orient, when they went down 2-1.

Huddersfield on the other hand have won three of their last four with Saturday's 2-1 win over the league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion the highlight.

Manager Lee Clark wants his side to carry on that good run at Prenton Park and suggested to that it will be one of the easier team-talks he has had to do this season.

The Terriers boss explained: "You think about how many footballers are playing professionally, but not many can say they have competed in a Wembley final. That is our motivation, but we are not looking beyond Tranmere; it will be very tough as they have enjoyed some terrific results lately. They have a magnificent work ethic and they fight for everything, so we will go there knowing it will be tough. We're looking forward to it though."

In the southern section Bristol Rovers and Exeter City finally meet after two previous postponements.

Rovers will be looking to use this game, not only to progress to the Area Final, but to also avenge their 6-2 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

It was the second time the Pirates have conceded six this season, while they have also scored six once.

Paul Trollope is calling on his players to bounce back as quickly as possible, as he told

"After Saturday we are keen to get back in action as soon as possible and keen to bounce back.

"Players have shown in recent games that they know their roles and responsibilities, but unfortunately those were not carried out on Saturday.

"We need to dust ourselves down and make sure that by the time we get to the game tomorrow night we have touched on all the things we need to, put a few things right and hopefully freshened up their minds to go again.

"My main concern going in to Exeter is to sort out the defensive structure and make sure players have the desire to defend."

Exeter are without a win in the their last two matches, but previously they won three games on the bounce, including a 1-0 win over Huddersfield at the Galpharm Stadium so Paul Tisdale will be looking for a return to that level of performance tonight.

The Grecians Manager told the Express and Echo: "We want to get straight back out there because we were rusty on Saturday. We didn't have our usual pattern of play and I am hoping that we can use that defeat on Saturday to get back ourselves back on the road.

"We are all looking forward to the game and I believe we have got every chance of winning."

When the two sides met earlier in the season it finished all square at 2-2 but there will no draw this time around, with penalties deciding the fixture if the score is all level after 90 minutes.


In the third and final match Brentford host Charlton Athletic, who are another side looking to bounce back, after they were beaten by the table's bottom side Walsall on Sunday.

It was the Addicks' first defeat in 12 matches and midfielder Scott Wagstaff believes the potential trip to Wembley could be the perfect tonic.

Speaking to he said: "Brentford is a massive game for us.

"If we win, we're two games from Wembley and we also want to get back to winning ways after the Walsall performance. We need to try to push on.

"It's difficult with all the games, but you want to play as many games as we can.

"That's what we're paid to do.

"We're trying to win as many games as we can and get as many games in as we can. Hopefully, we can kick on against Brentford."

Brentford go into the game on the back of an excellent morale boosting victory at Southampton on Saturday when they won 2-0, thanks to goals from Gary Alexander and Charlie McDonald.

It was the Bees' third win on the bounce and Manager Andy Scott is full of praise for his players as he told Bees Player: "We keep getting better and better. This group of players never fails to surprise me, when the questions are asked they respond every time, it's a privilege to work with them.

"I'm very, very proud of what they have done so far and how they have responded to the poor start we had - and that seems a hell of a long time ago now.

"This is a game for us to continue our run.

"We have had some tough games in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy so far, our intention is to get to Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and to at least reach the Play-Off final.

"That's our aim for the season; if we fall short it won't be for lack of trying.

"We want to continue tomorrow where we left off on Saturday."

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