WREXHAM have been drawn away at local rivals Port Vale in the first round of the Carling Cup and club captain Neil Roberts fears it is going to be a tough test.

Last season the Dragons beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 at Hillsborough, before being knocked out 4-1 after extra time Birmingham City in the second round.

But Roberts was hoping to start to the new campaign in the same manner as the Dragons did last season – and continue their form throughout the whole season.

“To be honest the cup draw is a bit by-the-by,” said Roberts. “We could have drawn a bigger team, but we know Port Vale are going to be a huge test for us.

“Last year we beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough 4-1 and it was a great game, but not long after that we kind of fell off a little bit – well actually we fell off a lot – and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“We have got to try and emulate the start we had last year where we were flying. We’ve got to make sure we carry it through.

“Financially it would be great for the club to get through a couple of rounds and draw a big team, but to do that we have got to beat Port Vale and we know that’s not going to be easy.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield United have been drawn against Chesterfield, but the Blades remain hopeful of salvaging their top flight status as the Carlos Tevez saga rumbles on.

Leeds will make their first ever trip to Moss Rose to face Macclesfield, who have once again been lucky in the draw having been drawn at Chelsea in the FA Cup last season.

Nottingham Forest will travel to Chester City.