08 Oct 2018 by Admin

Alty draw Stockport in fourth qualifying round

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Altrincham have been drawn at local rivals Stockport in the fourth qualifying round in the Emirates FA Cup.

The match will be played on October 20th meaning that that the away trip to National League North leaders Chorley will be rescheduled in due course.

After overcoming Whitley Bay 5-0 in September in the second qualifying round and Bradford (Park Avenue) 4-2 last Saturday in the third, Alty will be looking to get past Stockport as they aim to reach the first round proper.

Alty last played at Edgeley Park in December 2016 in a 3-0 reversal but only three current members of the squad - Moult, Densmore and Hannigan - played that day as this Robins' squad has completely different look to it now.

County sit three points ahead of Alty in the Vanarama National League North and their home form has seen them beat FC United 5-1 on the opening day and Leamington 3-1; draw with Guiseley 1-1 and lose 1-0 to Alfreton and 2-0 to Boston United.

They have reached this stage of the competition with a comfortable 3-0 win on Saturday against Corby Town and an impressive 2-1 win at South Shields in the second qualifying round.

Other interesting ties in the Northern section see Dunston UTS at home to Gateshead - two teams separated more divisions (4) than miles between the two stadiums (3); and Chorley at home to Barrow. Blyth Spartans host York City; Guiseley, if they can overcome Cleethorpes Town will entertain Stourbridge, Southport entertain Ashton United and Alfreton Town will host the winners of St Neots Town and Coalville Town

The Robins last reached the first round proper in 2016 when they travelled to Lincoln after overcoming Gainsborough, Morpeth and Matlock in three consecutive home matches.

Clubs winning in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup receive prize money of £25,000.

Details of the draw in full can be found on the Football Association's website.

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