ALTRINCHAM will be hoping to take another Football League scalp when they take on League One side Barnsley at Moss Lane in the Emirates FA Cup first round.
The Robins, who have a history of giant killings, will be hoping to make it 17 wins against teams from the top four divisions however, they haven’t done so since 1995 when they beat Wigan Athletic.
@altrinchamfc @bfc_official Great Draw!!!
— Thomas Shaw (@tomshaw43) October 26, 2015
One of the biggest ties of the round will see Salford City, who reached this stage of the competition for the first time by beating Southport thanks to James Poole’s incredible goal, host League Two outfit Notts County.
Stalybridge Celtic could secure a tie against League One Doncaster Rovers if they can beat FA Trophy holders North Ferriby United in a fourth qualifying round replay at Grange Lane on Wednesday night after the sides drew 1-1 at Bower Fold last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Wigan will meet Lancashire rivals Bury in an all-League One clash after being pulled out in Monday’s draw staged at Thackley Juniors FC clubhouse in Bradford, west Yorkshire.
Gary Caldwell’s Latics will hope to go one better than their previous encounter at Gigg Lane earlier this season; the Latics scored two goals in the last 10 minutes as Bury had two players sent off.
The 2013 FA Cup winners will also be hoping to notch up their first win against Greater Manchester opposition and will be hoping to progress further than last year’s disappointing second-round exit to Bolton Wanderers.
Macclesfield Town will also be in action against former FA Cup winners when they make the 229-mile journey to Fratton Park to take on League Two promotion favourites Portsmouth. John Askey’s men fended off a plucky Alfreton Town at the weekend and will be hoping to invoke the underdog spirit when they travel to Hampshire.
Meanwhile, FC United will host 1997 semi-finalists Chesterfield, who tweeted before the game that they would like FC away more than any other club.
A lot of love for an @FCUnitedMcr away trip. Nice new stadium and plenty of familiar faces. I wonder if they'd fancy hosting us Spirietes?
— Chesterfield FC (@ChesterfieldFC) October 26, 2015
The Rebels, in their debut season in the National League North, reached the second round in 2010 after a famous win over Rochdale at Spotland and will be hoping to progress to the third round to potentially meet their “rivals” Manchester United.
Elsewhere, Oldham will have a short journey to Nottinghamshire when they take on League Two Mansfield Town while Keith Hill’s Rochdale will also host managerless Swindon Town, fellow third-tier opponents.
The Wiltshire side are currently second bottom so may not prioritize the cup to secure trapdoor avoidance.
The ties will take place on the weekend commencing November 7 and the winners of each tie will receive £18,000 in prize money.
By: Oliver Mackenzie