The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Sheri­dan Robins

THE John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy is un­der way – and it’s guar­an­teed there will be two dif­fer­ent fi­nal­ists from last sea­son in this term’s show­piece at Wem­b­ley.

Last term’s win­ners Bristol City were in­el­i­gi­ble af­ter gain­ing pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship, while run­ners-up Wal­sall crashed out at the first hur­dle on Tues­day night.

In the North (West) sec­tion, League Two side More­cambe con­demned the Sad­dlers to their first de­feat of the cam­paign, with sec­ond half goals from Jamie De­vitt and Tom Barkhuizen.

Shrews­bury beat Old­ham 2-0 in an-all League One clash, while fel­low League One sides Bury and Port Vale saw off lower di­vi­sion op­po­si­tion. The Shakers won 2-1 at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, while Vale edged out Carlisle 1-0 at home.

In the North (East), League One high­fly­ers Sheffield United had a dif­fi­cult night at League Two Hartle­pool but sealed vic­tory 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out af­ter Ryan Flynn’s opener had been can­celled out by Scott Fen­wick.

Notts County gained a mea­sure of re­venge for their 2-0 home de­feat against Mans­field in League Two with a 3-1 vic­tory at Meadow Lane. Izale McLeod, Mike Ed­wards and Jon Stead were all on the mark for Notts.

Don­caster Rovers tri­umphed 5-3 on penal­ties against Bur­ton Al­bion af­ter a 0-0 draw and Barns­ley won 2-1 at Scun­thorpe.

In the South (West), Yeovil man­aged to scrape past Bar­net de­spite not reg­is­ter­ing a sin­gle shot on tar­get. An own goal from the Bees’ Bira Dem­bele made the dif­fer­ence.

AFC Wim­ble­don squan­dered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 against Ply­mouth Ar­gyle. It was their sec­ond home de­feat against the Pil­grims this term.

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook de­fended his de­ci­sion to make a host of changes af­ter Pom­pey were dis­missed 2-0 at Ex­eter City, while Swin­don won 7-6 on penal­ties at New­port County af­ter a 1-1 draw.

In the South (East) sec­tion, Mill­wall left it late to se­cure their place in the sec­ond round as Shaun Wil­liams scored his first goal of the sea­son two min­utes into added time against fel­low League One side Peterborough.

League Two lead­ers Ley­ton Ori­ent were fi­nally beaten af­ter a per­fect start to the sea­son, as Lu­ton cel­e­brated thanks to a last-minute Stephen O’Don­nell win­ner in a 2-1 vic­tory at Kenilworth Road.

Northamp­ton edged a five-goal thriller at home against Colch­ester, while Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge scored an ex­cel­lent 2-0 vic­tory at Cam­bridge United.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

OH YES! Shaun Wil­liams cel­e­brates scor­ing his last­gasp win­ner for Mill­wall

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