SALFORD City FC will perform to a sold-out Moor Lane on Friday evening as they take on Sky Bet League Two side Notts County in front of the BBC cameras (KO 7:55 GMT).
The Ammies, who dispatched Southport in the last round of FA Cup Qualifying through James Poole’s wonder strike, are in the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley aren’t too concerned with the pressure of such a massive game, since taking charge at the beginning of 2015 they have guided Salford to promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division as champions and beaten National League opposition along the way in the FA Cup.
Since overcoming Southport back on October 24, Salford City then went on to draw 2-2 at home with Matlock Town followed by a 2-1 defeat away at Nantwich Town, so they will be looking to turn around this temporary dry spell by once again re-writing the history books and booking a place in Monday’s second round draw.
With the match being broadcast live on national television, the 1,400 capacity at Moor Lane sold out in little under four hours – but Ammies co-manager Johnson is disappointed that more fans weren’t able to witness it.
“It is massive for the local community and it is just a bit of a shame that the capacity is only 1,400. I have no doubt that we could of sold 10,000 tickets. I just hope we can do ourselves justice.”
As for Notts County, the Sky Bet League Two side are currently 15th in the division following their relegation last term and have just come off the back of a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth.
As this is the first round the Magpies have been involved in, they will be hoping to show their league superiority at Moor Lane, but with this being the biggest game in The Ammies’ history, this won’t be an easy task for Ricardo Moniz’s men.
Salford City: Lynch (GK), Kebbie, O’Halloran, Stopforth, Howson, Lynch (c), Hardcastle, Burton, Webber, Allen, Poole, Hulme, Sharp, Clark, Giverin, Mwasile.
Notts County: Carroll (GK), Amevor, Adams, Smith (c), Bennett, Hollis, Hayhurst, Wroe, Spencer, Murray, Snijders, Milsom, Loach, McKenzie, Thompson, Noble.
Referee: Andy Madley
Assistants: Billy Khatib and Akil Howson
Fourth Official: Darren England
By Daniel Willis