English League 1

Colchester win Watt race

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Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:21:00

Rangers have been drawn away to Albion Rovers in the first round of next season's Ramsdens Cup.

Ally McCoist's side will begin their campaign at Cliftonhill on July 27 after they were paired with Rovers in the competition's South/West section.

Rangers were beaten in the quarter-finals last season by eventual winners Queen of the South, who open up the defence of their trophy at home to Spartans or Threave Rovers.

Dundee, relegated from last season's Scottish Premier League, are away at Alloa in the North/East section.

North/East Section draw:

Formartine United v East Stirlingshire

Stenhousemuir v Arbroath

Forfar Athletic v East Fife

Elgin City v Montrose

Cowdenbeath v Dunfermline Athletic

Peterhead v Brechin City

Alloa Athletic v Dundee

Raith Rovers v Stirling Albion

South/West Section draw:

Annan Athletic v Morton

Berwick Rangers v Livingston

Queen's Park v Ayr United

Queen of the South v Spartans or Threave Rovers

Albion Rovers v Rangers

Clyde v Falkirk

Stranraer v Dumbarton

Airdrieonians v Hamilton Academical

Ardley has already made four additions to his squad with Ross Worner, Ashley Bayes, Charlie Sheringham and George Francomb arriving.

Ardley admitted last week the club are pursuing a deal for former Gillingham captain Andy Frampton and has hinted there could be further deals to be done.

"Things are getting there now," he told the Epsom Guardian.

"These things take time and I never felt at any point like it was going away from us, so absolutely chuffed with the way it has been going.

"Hopefully there will be more soon. We are working incredibly hard on it but as always there are deals you feel you are getting down the line on and then they don't come off, so who knows?

"But we hope by the end of the week we will have some more."

Watt joined the U's on a three-month loan agreement from Arsenal last season but saw his stay cut short after just five weeks having torn his hamstring, netting two goals and providing three assists during his seven appearances.

Colchester boss Joe Dunne was a big admirer of the 22-year-old and, following his release by the Gunners this summer, has fought off plenty of competition to bring him back to the Weston Homes Community Stadium on a permanent deal.

Watt follows in the footsteps of former Arsenal team-mate Craig Eastmond, who also spent time on loan at Colchester last term and opted to join the U's on a two-year deal earlier this summer.

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