THE EMIRATES FA Cup has reached its final qualifying round, with five of our local non-league clubs having the opportunity of qualifying for the first round proper.

The draw was made at 11:00am this morning (Monday, October 12) with three replays still to be settled.

Salford City, have to go to an away replay at Bradford Park Avenue after a 1-1 draw at Moor Lane on Saturday, have the opportunity to host National League outfit Southport who are currently languishing in 22nd place in their division if they overcome the Avenue.

FC United have also got an away replay, after drawing 1-1 against Buxton at Broadhurst Park yesterday. The Rebels, should they beat Martin Macintosh’s side on Wednesday, will travel to Sporting Khalsa or Spalding United in the next round. FC United have had a mixed run of form but will be looking to get back to winning ways to get themselves through to the FA Cup first round.

Stalybridge Celtic were also unable to get past their opposition this past Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Chasetown, however the replay will be played at home, which may give them the advantage they need. If they can get past Chasetown, awaiting them in the fourth qualifying round will be fellow National League North team, North Ferriby United – who beat Nuneaton Town 2-1 to progress this weekend.

There’s a National League versus National League North clash at Moss Rose as Macclesfield Town, who are entering the competition at this round, welcome Alfreton Town who overcame Hednesford Town 4-2 to reach this round. The Silkmen currently lie 13th in the National League and have been inconsistent so far this season with a mixture of wins and losses, but they will be hoping star striker Kristian Dennis can get his name on the score sheet as he’s already racked up nine goals this season already and will be hoping to add to that against The Reds.

Finally, there’s an all National League clash at the J.Davidson Stadium as Altrincham face Chester in what will be a hotly anticipated clash for both teams. Both teams are currently hovering just about the drop zone in the National League and will be hoping to gain a mental advantage over each other in this fixture. Altrincham have lost two on the bounce in the league, but will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Tuesday evening (October 13) as they welcome bottom side and currently winless Kidderminster Harriers.

The ties will be played over the weekend of October 24, with the winners receiving £12,500 in prize money.

By: Daniel Willis

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