Tuesday 18th January

Northern Section Area Final - First Leg

Carlisle United take a four goal lead into the Northern Final second leg, after securing a 4-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town.

Despite their opponents sitting11 points and 12 places above them in the npower League 1 table it was first blood to Carlisle United, in the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final Northern Section.

It took just 19 minutes for the home side to take the lead at Brunton Park, when Ben Marshall scored only his third goal of the season.

It was 2-0 four minutes later when Tom Taiwo scoring his first goal in the competition this season.

Two goals in three second half minutes then wrapped up the victory. Peter Murphy scoring the first on 62 minutes before Lubomir Michalik added the fourth.

Huddersfield now have a mountain to climb when the two sides meet again at the Galpharm Stadium in three weeks time.


Monday 17th January

Southern Section Area Final - First Leg

Once again there was nothing to separate Brentford and Exeter City, as they drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Southern Section Area Final.

Just as happened when the two sides met at Griffin Park on Friday night, Exeter took the lead before the home side equalised.

Jamie Cureton fired the Grecians ahead just before the break, as he netted his 12th goal since joining from Norwich City in the summer.

Gary Alexander restored parity on 64 minutes, scoring for the ninth time this season.

Brentford could have nicked the winner just before the end, when Myles Weston hit the woodwork but in the end both sides had to settle for the draw.

The two sides go head to head again, at St James' Park, in the second leg on Tuesday 8th February, with the sides' just 90 minutes away from Wembley.