Evo-Stik North sides TRAFFORD and RAMSBOTTOM UNITED have both been handed tough ties in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
Trafford booked their place in Monday’s draw after second half goals by Aaron Burns (penalty) and Lee Neville handed them a 2-0 win at Bamber Bridge on Saturday.
Tom Baker’s side will be at home in the next round but they host a side one level above them in Leamington, who are top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Redditch United are ninth in the same division and they will visit RAMSBOTTOM UNITED in the next round. The Rams won 2-1 at home to Prescot Cables on Saturday, with Ryan Salmon and Gareth Seddon scoring either side of the break before the visitors claimed a late consolation.
MOSSLEY bowed out of the FA Trophy after losing 3-1 at home to Farsley Celtic, despite Jordan Bove pulling one back to make it 2-1 early in the second half.
ASHTON UNITED fell at the first hurdle, losing 4-0 at home to Marine, but they have the chance to gain some revenge as they host the Merseyside outfit again on Tuesday night in the Evo-Stik Premier.
The next round will be played on Saturday, November 26, with the winners of each tie receiving £3,250 in prize money.
The latest stage of the Macron Cup, the North West Counties League knock-out competition, was also played on Saturday and the third-round draw was made immediately after the second-round games.
CHADDERTON romped to a 6-3 win at Holker Old Boys on Saturday, with James Curley scoring a hat-trick, and in the next round they’ll visit MAINE ROAD, who won 2-1 at Whitchurch Alport.
A Nico Collins brace sealed a 3-1 win for ABBEY HEY at Ashton Town and the Gorton-based outfit will host Barnoldswick Town in the next round, which will also be played on November 26.
PRESTWICH HEYS lost 3-1 at home to City of Liverpool while NEW MILLS suffered an 8-2 home defeat against Silsden. The Millers were 3-1 down at half-time before capitulating after the break.