Southend United have been placed in the South East group of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy it has been confirmed.
The Blues have been placed alongside AFC Wimbledon, Crawley Town, Dagenham and Redbridge, Gillingham, Milton Keynes Dons, Northampton Town and Stevenage in the competition.
Byes in the Southern Section have been awarded to Barnet, Brentford, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers.
The draw for the first round takes place on Saturday, 18th August live on Soccer AM between 10am and 10:30am.
Ties to be played the week commencing 3rd September 2012.
Northern Section - West
Preston North End
Northern Section – East
Southern Section – West
Southern Section – East
Dagenham & Redbridge
Milton Keynes Dons
Byes awarded to:
Northern Section: Bradford City, Bury, Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United, Sheffield United, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall.
Southern Section: Barnet, Brentford, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers.