Teams discover FA Trophy opponents
Monday 30th October 2017 13:37 Football Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

The draw for the FA Trophy second qualifying round has been made.

Glossop North End will host Leek Town at Surrey Street, while Droylsden will make the long trip to Stamford.

Ashton United will make the journey to Warrington Town for the second time this season, while the winner of Tuesday’s replay between Stalybridge Celtic and Prescot Cables will host Rushall Olympic.

Glossop have been handed a relatively good tie against Leek Town at home. Paul Phillips and Steve Halford’s side progressed to this stage of the competition after beating Tadcaster Albion 2-0 in the Preliminary Round, before overcoming Matlock Town 3-2 in the first qualifying round on Saturday. An in-depth preview of the tie, courtesy of the Glossop Chronicle’s Adam Higgins, can be found here: https://glossopchronicle.co.uk/2017/10/glossop-north-end-discover-fa-trophy-opponents/

Droylsden have been handed a long trip to Stamford of the Evo-Stik South following Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Ossett Town.

Stamford currently sit 10th in the table, having collected 20 points from their opening 14 games. They have won five, drawn five and lost four in league competition so far.

The Daniels are competing in the Evo-Stik South for a seconds successive season, having been relegated from the Evo-Stik Premier Division at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Following a highly successful showing during the 2016/17 pre-season, manager Graham Dury was handed a two-year contract extension.

After guiding the club to a 16th place finish last season, Dury will be hoping for a much improved finish come May.

Ashton United enjoyed an emphatic 4-1 victory over Frickley Athletic on Saturday, and their reward for doing so is a trip to Warrington Town in the next round.

Jody Banim’s outfit are enjoying a relatively good season in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, and currently find themselves 7th in the table.

Despite being plagued by a number of injuries, the Robins have won eight, drawn five and lost six of their opening 17 games.

Two of those victories have come against Warrington this season. In August, Ashton returned from Cantilever Park with a 1-0 victory, before seeing off the same side 2-0 at Hurst Cross at the start of October.

Paul Carden’s side secured their place at this stage of the competition following a 2-1 victory over Bamber Bridge on Saturday. Jamie McDonald scored both goals for the Wire.

Stalybridge Celtic have been handed a home tie to Rushall Olympic in the next round – but only if they beat Prescot Cables in the replay on Tuesday.

Steve Burr’s side played out a goalless stalemate in Merseyside on Saturday, thus forcing a replay at Bower Fold tomorrow.

While Celtic’s home form has improved over the past few weeks, their away form continues to elude them. They have only picked up one point from eight away fixtures this season, leaving them 19th in the table on 20 points.

Celtic have already faced Rushall this season in league competition. The game ended 1-0 the the Pics, thanks to Domonic Dell’s 77th minute penalty.

The second qualifying round ties will be played on Saturday 11th November. The winning teams will receive a prize fund of £4,000.