‘On the march!’: FA Cup replays make happy hunting for Manchester minnows

Three of Manchester’s non-league clubs are still in the FA Cup after midweek replay-victories secured their places in the fourth qualifying round.

For Salford City it is an historic milestone following Richie Allen’s extra-time goal that snatched a dramatic 1-0 win at Bradford Park Avenue on Wednesday night.

It is the furthest the club have reached in 26 campaigns, now just one game away from the first round proper for the first time: Southport the obstacle at Moor Lane on October 24.

While The Ammies were battling through extra-time FC United of Manchester celebrated a 2-0 triumph at Buxton after Stalybridge Celtic had secured their spot by the same scoreline over Chasetown on Tuesday.

FC United’s fourth round opponents, Sporting Khalsa, are history-makers themselves having only ever made the preliminary round in their previous two campaigns.

The West-Midlands side, who first emerged in the Walsall & District Sunday leagues in 1991, ply their trade three divisions below the Reds but have remarkably emerged through five ties.

To put that into context, Khalsa are now the last team standing from the 368 that entered the cup in the extra preliminary round.

Contrastingly, an all-National League North contest awaits Stalybridge when they welcome North Ferriby United who have lost at this stage in the last two seasons.

Ashton United and Droylsden exited the competition at the third qualifying round stage with weekend defeats to AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Gainsborough Trinity respectively.

Image courtesy of Salford City FC via YouTube, with thanks.

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