Hammers to face Bristol Rovers, Exeter and Yeovil in Checkatrade Trophy

The Checkatrade Trophy

West Ham United U21s have been drawn to face Bristol Rovers, Exeter City and Yeovil Town in the Group Stage of the 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy.

The Hammers were placed in Group D alongside the three EFL clubs, meaning they will travel to the Memorial Stadium, St James' Park and Hush Park this coming season.

West Ham took on Bristol Rovers in last season's competition, winning 3-1 in the West Country, with Rovers going on to finish 13th in League One.

Exeter were beaten League Two Play-Off finalists, while Yeovil finished 19th in the same division. 

Wednesday's draw, which was held as central London's Royal Lancaster Hotel, saw the 16 invited Premier League and Championship U21 sides placed in their respective groups.

West Ham were one of only four Academy sides to progress to the knockout rounds of this competition last season, emerging from a group including Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Wycombe Wanderers, before their run was ended by League Two promotion-winners Luton Town.

Full fixture details for this season's Checkatrade Trophy will be announced in due course.