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Ipswich Town draw Colchester United at Portman Road in Carabao Cup first round



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The first round of the Carabo Cup has pitted Ipswich Town against cross-border rivals Colchester United.

The north Essex side, managed by former Blues defender Wayne Brown, will make the less than 20 mile trip up the A12 to Portman Road for the League Cup's opening round in the week commencing August 8.

Under Paul Cook's management, last season saw the Blues knocked out at the first hurdle with a 1-0 defeat at home to lower-league Newport County. It was a match that only drew a crowd of 6,154 to Portman Road.

Cameron Humphreys in action for Ipswich Town in last season's first round encounter with Newport County Picture: Barry Goodwin
Cameron Humphreys in action for Ipswich Town in last season's first round encounter with Newport County Picture: Barry Goodwin

It continued a miserable recent run for the Suffolk club in the competition, having not made it through more than two rounds since losing 3-0 at Manchester United in 2015/16.

Sky Bet League Two outfit Colchester were also paired with Town in last season's Papa John's Trophy with the final group game played at Portman Road ending in a 0-0 draw before the Blues won 4-3 on penalties. The match drew a crowd of 8,100.

The U's signed a number of players from the Blues last summer including their former long-serving captain, Luke Chambers, and central midfielder Cole Skuse. Alan Judge and Freddie Sears also made the journey down the A12.

With Town's EFL fixtures for 2022/23 having been released this morning, Kieran McKenna's side will now have two League One home games and the Carabao Cup game among six fixtures in August.

The visit of Colchester will be played inbetween the away trip to League One newboys Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, August 6 and the visit of Liam Manning's MK Dons on Saturday, August 13.

The season begins for The Tractor Boys on July 30 with the league visit of Bolton Wanderers.