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Manchester’s FA Cup survivors handed Football League tests in first round draw

By Matt Davies

Manchester’s three remaining non-league clubs were handed tough assignments after being drawn away to Football League opposition in the first round of the FA Cup.

Stockport County, who needed to score five to see off Stalybridge Celtic, travel to League Two’s Southend United with the tie to be played on the weekend of October 3-4.

Jim Gannon is relishing the chance to face a side that currently sit mid-table in the league, but reached the play-offs last season.

“It’s a great opportunity for the lads to be able to prove themselves against a league club,” he told the clubs website.

“It would have been a nice reward for the fans to have had a home tie, or a visit to somewhere local.

“But we’ll be sure that those who travel will have plenty to cheer about.”

Altrincham, who beat Boston United, face a trip to Burton Albion, with the high-flying Brewers currently in sixth in League Two.

Hyde also face an away trip if they can overcome Harrogate in Tuesday night’s replay, with the conference’s bottom club drawn away to mid-table League Two side Torquay United.

Martin Ling’s United have not tasted defeat at home since their comprehensive 4-0 defeat to Leicester in the Capital One cup in the opening game of the season.

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