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George Williams scored for Cambridge United in their 3-1 defeat at Millwall in the Carabao Cup, second round last season. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
George Williams scored for Cambridge United in their 3-1 defeat at Millwall in the Carabao Cup, second round last season. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

Cambridge United have discovered some of the obstacles lying in their path in the first two cup competitions of the 2022/23 season.

The draws for the Papa John's Trophy and the Carabao Cup were made on Thursday.

In the EFL Trophy, United had already been placed in Southern Group H alongside Ipswich Town and Northampton Town, and they were waiting to find out which one of the 16 Premier League clubs' under-21 teams they would be up against. And it will be Arsenal under-21s.

In the Carabao Cup, first round, United were in the southern section of the draw, and they were paired to host Millwall at the Abbey Stadium. It will be the second year in a row the sides have faced each other in the competition.

Last year, the U's travelled to the Den in the second round of the league cup, and suffered a 3-1 defeat.

Full Carabao Cup first-round draw: Northern section - Blackburn v Hartlepool, Harrogate v Stockport, Bolton v Salford, Morecambe v Stoke, Blackpool v Barrow, West Brom v Sheffield United, Sheffield Wedesnday v Sunderland, Grimsby v Crewe, Mansfield v Derby, Accrington v Tranmere, Middlesbrough v Barnsley, Bradford v Hull, Rochdale v Burton, Doncaster v Lincoln, Huddersfield v Preston, Shrewsbury Town v Carlisle United, Port Vale v Rotherham United, Fleetwood Town v Wigan Athletic; Southern section - Norwich City v Birmingham City, Coventry City v Bristol City, Northampton Town v Wycombe Wanderers, Cardiff City v Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic v QPR, Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers, Walsall v Swindon Town, Ipswich Town v Colchester United, Luton Town v Newport County, Reading v Stevenage, Plymouth Argyle v Peterborough United, AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham, Cheltenham Town v Exeter City, MK Dons v Sutton United, Forest Green Rovers v Leyton Orient, Cambridge United v Millwall, Oxford United v Swansea City.

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