Updated: Wednesday, 1st July 2020 @ 4:56pm

FA Trophy Qualifying continues for Manchester’s non-league teams

FA Trophy Qualifying continues for Manchester’s non-league teams

By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent

The Road to Wembley continues today as four Greater Manchester clubs contest the second round of qualifying for the FA Trophy.

FC United of Manchester travel to Durham City and will be favourites to progress against a team one step lower than them in the non-league pyramid.

The Rebels demolished Frickley 4-0 in the last round but will have to be wary against a team that is chasing promotion to the same division as the Gigg Lane outfit.

Karl Marginson will be looking for an improvement on the 2-2 draw with relegation threatened Stocksbridge Park Steels last weekend in the Evo-Stik Premier.

Curzon Ashton host Belper Town today after clearing Farsley in a replay last weekend.

The Tameside club – second in the Evo-Stik First Division North– will be favourites against Belper, who sit midtable in the First Division South. 

Curzon are unbeaten in the league so far this season though will be slightly disappointed about squandering three points last week against Cammell Laird in a 0-0 stalemate.

Woodley Sports’ reward for knocking out higher ranked opposition in the first round is a tough trip to First Division South leaders Ilkeston.

The Stockport based outfit fell to a 2-0 defeat last weekend at AFC Fylde – who announced former Bury and Stockport County defender Dave Challinor as their new boss this week.

Joint management team Paul Ogden and Matt Broadhead will be looking to John Marsden and Jack Dorney to continue their fine goalscoring run – the pair hit eight goals between them in October.

Salford City travel to Yorkshire to take on North Ferriby United after dispatching of Burscough in the last round

Rhodri Giggs’ team sit midtable in the First Division North, but will hold no fear of playing higher ranked opposition after beating the Merseyside team in the last round.

North Ferriby are on a good run though of three straight league wins, and have scored 12 goals in that time.

Cup glory aside, Salford endured a miserable October – picking up just one point from four league games.