Date: 7th September 2007 at 9:10pm
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Taking place on Soccer AM at around 9:30 AM, Barnet will begin their campaign in the the Football League trophy, a cup competition between all league one and league two clubs.

The Bees received a bye in the first round so they now enter the competition at the second stage, which is also regionalised meaning the Bees can play home or away to Dagenham & Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Luton, Peterborough, all of whom won their first round ties this week, along with Brighton, Gillingham, Milton Keynes Dons who also were given byes.

The ties for the second round will take place the week commencing 8 October.

Barnet went out at the second round last season and will be looking for a better run this time around.

Matches are played to 90 minutes and if the scores are still level, it goes straight to a penalty shoot-out. That is just one of the rules introduced last year to make supporters more involved in the competition and not see it as a competition nobody really cares about until you’ve got a serious chance of winning it i.e. the semi-finals.

Others include forcing clubs to field at least 6 players in their starting lineup who’ve appeared in the most games during th season, plus giving supporters under 16 free access to the match.

A number of intriging player encounters will happen in this draw. Ex-Bee Nicky Bailey could be an opponent if Barnet draw Southend; Simon King and Barry Cogan at Gillingham is another chance to see old faces. If we play Luton, Robert Beckwith and Michael Leary would face their old clubs, although the latter would still be sidelined with injury. Lee Harrison could play Peterborough or Leyton Orient, and Sagi Burton could also face the Posh, whilst Nicky Nicolau may face Southend should the opropriate draw happen. Ashley Carew could be the other player shaking old friend’s hands in a tie with Gillingham. Meanwhile Jason Puncheon would relish the chance to get one over on his old club MK Dons in the cup.