FA Cup Draw Ashton United travel to Southport
Monday 8th October 2018 @ 12:35 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Ashton United will make the journey to fellow National League North outfit Southport in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

The Robins secured their place in this stage of the competition after beating Trafford 3-0 in the second qualifying round, before returning from King’s Lynn Town on Saturday with a 1-0 victory, thanks to a wonder strike from debutant Ramirez Haworth.

Ashton, who have failed to make an impact in the FA Cup in recent years, are potentially 90 minutes away from booking their place in the first round against a prospective Football League outfit.

Jody Banim’s side have already collected £24,00 from their previous two victories, but a win against Southport would generate a further £25,000.

Southport, who have so far struggled in the National League North this season, having won just once in their opening 11 games, beat Curzon Ashton 2-1 on Saturday to book their place in the forthcoming round.

Interestingly, in 1955, Ashton played at Southport in the first round proper – the club’s last appearance at that stage of the competition.

Following a disappointing campaign in the National League North last season, Southport parted company with Kevin Davies and replaced him with Liam Watson, who previously managed the club from 2003-2006, helping them to the Conference North title in 2005.

Southport, known as the Sandgrounders, have two key connections to Tameside. Watson took charge of Stalybridge Celtic for 17 months, while chief executive Natalie Atkinson was an influential figure at Curzon Ashton during her two seasons at the Tameside Stadium.

The fourth qualifying round fixture will mark the first time that the two clubs have met this season, and it is scheduled take place on Saturday, October 20 at 3pm.