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      Monday 14, September 2015

      ROUND-UP: FA Cup second qualifying round draw

      SALFORD City could face Curzon Ashton in the Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round after the draw was made on Monday afternoon.

      The Ammies must take care of business against Whitby Town first in Wednesday night’s replay after their 1-1 draw at Moor Lane last weekend in the first qualifying round.

      Elsewhere, FC United of Manchester will host Witton Albion, Stockport County travel to Lancashire outfit AFC Fylde and Stalybridge will make the long trip to Cumbria to take on Kendal Town.

      Hyde United will entertain Northwich Victoria at Ewen Fields, Droylsden welcome Lancaster City to the Butchers Arms and Ashton United’s potential opponents are Thackley or Abbey Hey.

      Like Salford, the Robins face a midweek trip to north Yorkshire to decide their fate after being held to goalless draw by Ebac Northern League outfit Guisborough Town at Hurst Cross last Saturday.

      The ties will be played on the weekend commencing September 26 as teams have three more qualifying rounds to negotiate before the first round proper in November.

      The National League North sides entered the fray in the regionalised draw, which took place at FA headquarters in London at around midday.

      John Flanagan’s Curzon, who secured back-to-back promotions to reach the sixth tier for the first time, will face an away trip to either Moor Lane or the Turnbull Ground to take on one of the Evo-Stik Premier Division sides.

      Salford City, currently sixth in the table, are still without a home win this term in five attempts since being crowned Evo-Stik First Division North champions last term.

      The North, meanwhile, have won just one of their nine league games so far and sit a point above the bottom three.

      Play-off chasing County, who are fifth in the table but have drawn four of their last six games, will travel to the seaside to do battle with fellow National League North side Fylde who finished second in their first season in the division last term.

      The Edgeley Park outfit, who spent 106 years in the Football League before relegation in 2011, lost out on a place in the first round proper in 2014-15 after a 4-2 defeat at home to Chester.

      Last season’s Evo-Stik Premier Division champions FC United, who sit eighth with 14 points, welcome a Witton Albion side who were relegated to the First Division North last term to Broadhurst Park.

      Karl Marginson’s Rebels, who were FA Trophy quarter-finalists last season, famously reached the FA Cup second round in 2010 by beating League One side Rochdale before being knocked out by Brighton in a replay.

      Mid-table Stalybridge Celtic will make a 165-mile round trip to face Evo-Stik First Division North side Kendal Town, who reached the FA Cup first round proper in 1948-49.

      Hyde United, currently mid-table in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with eight points from as many games, booked their place in the draw with a 3-1 away win at Darlington last weekend.

      The Tigers – who have suffered back-to-back relegations in the past two seasons – will be up against Jim Gannon’s Northwich of the eighth tier, who have plenty of FA Cup pedigree in times gone by.

      The Vics, current First Division North league leaders, reached the second round proper in 2009-10 following a televised first-round victory over then League One Charlton Athletic before losing 3-1 to Lincoln City.

      Dave Pace’s Droylsden, who beat Barton Town Old Boys 2-1 in the preliminary round, came from behind to defeat Ossett Albion by the same scoreline at the Butchers Arms last Saturday.

      The Bloods - who have won just one of their six league games this term - face fellow Evo-Stik First Division North side Lancaster City whom they have failed to beat in their last three encounters, including a 1-1 draw earlier this month.

      Macclesfield Town and Altrincham will join in the fourth qualifying round along with the rest of the National League teams on the weekend of October 24.

      Three Greater Manchester sides have already been dumped out of what is regarded as the world’s oldest club cup competition at 135 years old.

      In the preliminary round last month, Radcliffe Borough lost 3-2 at AFC Liverpool while Trafford were beaten 2-1 by Witton Albion at Shawe View and Mossley lost 3-1 to Bamber Bridge in a replay after a 1-1 draw at Seel Park.

      Clubs will receive £7,500 in prize money if they can make it through to the third qualifying round and, with 10 more hurdles to pass before the Wembley final on May 21, 2016, there is still a long way to go before their ultimate dreams can become reality.

      By Adam Higgins


      Published by Adam Higgins on 14-09-2015 12:41