Boss Ronnie Moore has called on his Hartlepool United side to “enjoy” their Capital One Cup first round clash away to Fleetwood Town.
Pools have been handed a tough tie against the League One side but Moore is still looking for his new-look side to progress, with the games to be played the week commencing August 10.
Pools didn’t make it past the first round last season, crashing out of the competition at the first attempt away at Port Vale.
Then manager Colin Cooper led his side to a humiliating 6-2 defeat at Vale Park during a disastrous start to the campaign.
Moore said: “It’s an attractive game because they’re a big club so we will look forward to it, which is what cup completions are all about.
“It’s nice to go as far as you can in the cup for financial reasons but it’s difficult in this competition because of the seeding and the fact you’re going to end up playing a team higher up.”
Last year Fleetwood - who are managed by Graham Alexander - finished 10th in League One.
Moore added: “Graham has done a good job there and they’re a club with a little bit of money behind them so I don’t think they will be far off again next season in terms of looking for promotion.
“We’ll go there and enjoy it though – we would have preferred a home draw, of course, but it’s not that far to travel so it’s a game to look forward to and let’s see what happens.”
The Cod Army did the double over Pools in 2013-14 when the sides last shared a division as they made their way to promotion from League Two via the play-offs.
However, Pools have the edge when it comes to cup competitions having knocked the then non-league outfit out of the FA Cup in 2008 thanks to goals from Michael Mackay (2) and Joel Porter.
Championship neighbours Middlesbrough have been drawn away to League One side Oldham.
Full draw for the first round of the Capital One Cup:
Carlisle United v Chesterfield
Nottingham Forest v Walsall
Fleetwood Town v Hartlepool United
Scunthorpe United v Barnsley
Bolton Wanderers v Burton Albion
Accrington Stanley v Hull City
Rochdale v Coventry City
Oldham Athletic v Middlesbrough
Huddersfield Town v Notts County
Blackburn Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Morecambe v Sheffield United
Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United
Wigan Athletic v Bury
Northampton Town v Blackpool
Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield Town
Rotherham United v Cambridge United
Crewe Alexandra v Preston North End
York City v Bradford City
Port Vale v Burnley
Peterborough United v Crawley Town
Yeovil Town v Queens Park Rangers
Plymouth Argyle v Gillingham
Swindon Town v Exeter City
Bristol Rovers v Birmingham City
Ipswich Town v Stevenage
Luton Town v Bristol City
Charlton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newport County
Brentford v Oxford United
Portsmouth v Derby County
Southend United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Milton Keynes Dons v Leyton Orient
Cardiff City v AFC Wimbledon
Millwall v Barnet
Wycombe Wanderers v Fulham
Colchester United v Reading
Dates and times will be confirmed by Tuesday, June 23, and televised fixtures will be selected and announced in due course