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 first against Whitby Town in Wednesday night’s replay after their 1-1 draw at Moor Lane last weekend in the first qualifying round.

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

Hyde United welcome high-flying Northwich Victoria to Ewen Fields, Droylsden entertain Lancaster City and Ashton United’s potential opponents are either Thackley or Abbey Hey of the North West Counties league.

Like Salford, the Robins – mid-table in the Evo-Stik Premier Division – must overcome a midweek trip to a north Yorkshire outfit after being held to a goalless draw by Ebac Northern League side Guisborough Town at Hurst Cross last Saturday.

West Yorkshire team Thackley FC and Abbey Hey of Gorton will also replay at the Abbey Stadium on September 16 following a 2-2 draw in the initial game.

The 80 ties will be played across the weekend commencing September 26, with two subsequent qualifying rounds to negotiate before the first round proper takes place in November.

The 44 National League North and South teams joined the regionalised draw, which took place at FA headquarters in London at around midday.

That included a Curzon Ashton side playing at this stage of the competition for the first time in their history having secured back-to-back promotions last season in the play-offs.

John Flanagan’s men have found their first experience of Conference football difficult to adapt to, winning just once in nine league games so far, and sit just a point above the bottom three.

Salford, who currently sit outside the play-off places on goal difference in the seventh tier, are yet to win a home game this season in five attempts since being crowned Evo-Stik First Division North champions last term.

Should they progress at the Turnbull Ground, Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley’s team will match last season’s FA Cup achievements – when they swept aside Nantwich before being knocked out by Ashton in a second qualifying round replay at Moor Lane.

Stockport, who are fifth in the sixth tier despite drawing four of their last six games, will travel to the seaside to face fellow National League North side Fylde at Kellamergh Park.

Neil Young’s Hatters – who spent 106 years in the Football League before relegation in 2011 – were denied a place in the first round proper last season by a 4-2 defeat to Chester at Edgeley Park in a thrilling game in which both sides were reduced to 10 men.

The Coasters, who finished second in their first season in the division last year before losing to Guiseley in the play-offs, are one point and two places above County in the table but suffered a 3-2 loss when County visited on Bank Holiday Monday last month.

Liam Watson’s Stalybridge, meanwhile, are set for a 165-mile round trip to take on a Kendal side who are two divisions lower and reached the second round proper twice in the 1960s.

Tameside-based Celtic, who are languishing in mid-table with 11 points from a possible 27, have gone out to lower league opponents in each of the past two seasons but reached the fourth qualifying round in 2012.

Last season’s Evo-Stik Premier Division champions FC United welcome a Witton Albion side, who were relegated to the First Division North on the final day last season, to Broadhurst Park.

Karl Marginson’s Rebels, who currently sit eighth in their first-ever National League North campaign, famously knocked out League One Rochdale at Spotland to reach the second round proper in 2010 before succumbing to Brighton in a Gigg Lane replay.

Another fan-owned club, Hyde United, who are 19th in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with eight points from as many games, also have a home tie against Evo-Stik First Division North leaders Northwich Victoria.

Gary Lowe’s Tigers, who have suffered back-to-back relegations in the past two seasons, booked their spot with a 3-1 away win over Darlington in the previous round but were on the wrong end of a nine-goal thriller against Marine in the second qualifying round last season.

Droylsden – who beat Barton Town Old Boys 2-1 in last month’s preliminary round – came from behind to defeat Ossett Albion by the same scoreline last weekend to reach the second qualifying stage for the third time in the last four years.

Dave Pace’s Bloods, who are in the bottom half of the First Division North with one win from six league games, were one step away from the first round proper in 2013 but were beaten by Blyth Spartans in a fourth qualifying round replay.

They went one better in 2010 and progressed to the second round proper when involved in one of the competition’s most amazing ties – which saw five red cards and 10 goals as they surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 8-2 at League One side Leyton Orient after extra-time.

Droylsden have not won any of the last three encounters with fellow eighth-tier outfit Lancaster City, including a 1-1 draw at the Butchers Arms earlier this month.

Three Greater Manchester sides have already been dumped out of the FA Cup in the preliminary round last month as Radcliffe Borough lost 3-2 at AFC Liverpool, Trafford were beaten 2-1 by Witton Albion at Shawe View and Mossley surrendered to Bamber Bridge in a replay following a 1-1 draw at Seel Park.

Clubs could pocket £7,500 in prize money if they can get their name in the hat for the third qualifying round draw, of what is regarded as the world’s oldest cup competition at 135 years old.

But, with 10 more hurdles to negotiate before the Wembley final on May 21, 2016, there is a long way to go yet before fans can start to get excited about fulfilling their ultimate dreams.

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