EFL Cup first round: Hartlepool United drawn away to Preston North End

Hartlepool United have been drawn away

Hartlepool United have been drawn away

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Hartlepool United have been drawn away to Championship side Preston North End in the first round of the EFL Cup.

North End finished 11th in the Sky Bet Championship last term following their promotion in 2014-15 and former Pools loannee Jordan Hugill - who played a key role in the 2014-15 Great Escape - is still on the books at Deepdale.

It is a tough draw for Craig Hignett's side, with Preston winning the last four matches between the two sides.

First Round ties are due to take place on Tuesday, August 9.