FA Cup third qualifying round draw: Manchester’s non league sides learn their fate

FC United of Manchester, Salford City and Droylsden have been handed home ties in the third round of FA Cup qualifying after Monday’s midday-draw.

FC United welcome Buxton to Broadhurst Park while The Ammies will host Bradford (Park Avenue) and Droylsden play Gainsborough Trinity.

Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton United have been drawn away, pitted against Chasetown and AFC Rushden & Diamonds respectively.

All 40 third round ties are scheduled for the weekend of Saturday 10 October 2015, which is also Non-League Day, with the winners each receiving £7,500 from The FA’s prize fund.

Salford reached the third round with a 2-1 victory over local rivals Curzon Ashton thanks to a double from Danny Webber, after-which the match-winner echoed the side’s belief.

“Whoever comes here we’ll give them a good game. There’s a bit of a way to go but we want to win and to progress to the first round proper would be nice,” he said.

With one monkey off their back after their first home win of the season, The Ammies will have eyes on another having never gone beyond the third round of FA Cup qualifying.

Their last FA Cup meeting with Bradford (Park Avenue) came in 2000, ending in a 1-0 City victory, and, against tier-above opponents, similar would do at Moor Lane.

In the other local clash, Ashton United’s superior league standing showed in a 5-0 victory at 10-man Abbey Hey.

The Robins reward of an away tie at Rushden should provide an exciting encounter given the Northamptonshire side bagged three in their own convincing victory.

FC United’s recovery from a goal down after 90 seconds to win 3-1 and dispatch of Witton Albion in the first FA Cup tie at Broadhurst Park has earned them a quick follow-up.

While academy prospect and super-sub Darius Osei’s late-winner for Stalybridge Celtic to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory at Kendal Town sends them on the hunt at a side that sit 19th in the Evo Stik First Division South.

A 2-0 home win against Lancaster City secured Droylsden’s place in round three and more of the same will be needed against their National League North opponents.

Not in the hat were Stockport County after they exited the tournament following a 1-0 defeat at fellow National League North outfit Fylde.

Image courtesy of Iain Lees via Creative Commons, with thanks.

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