Hatters and Nash set for derby battle in FA Cup
THE FA Cup returns today, with several of the local sides all competing in the second round qualifying of the competition.
Rivals STOCKPORT COUNTY and CURZON ASHTON go head-to-head, with the game between the two National League North sides at Edgeley Park.
SALFORD CITY welcome York City to Moor Lane.
FC UNITED make the trip to Handsworth Parramore from the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
Some of the other ties featuring teams lower in the divisions include Warrington Town against Hyde United, Stalybridge Celtic play Chorley, Newcastle Benfield take on Ashton United, Shildon host Altrincham, and Lancaster City are in action against Droylsden.
Meanwhile, MACCLESFIELD TOWN manager John Askey expects his side to make home advantage count when they host Maidstone today.
The Silkmen are in seventh place in the National League ahead of the match at the Moss Rose, and Askey has told his players to be at their best in front of their own supporters.
“Obviously we’ve got the home advantage so, with it, you’re expected to take something from the game,” he said.
“Maidstone have recruited really well, though, and have got a good group of players. It should be a tough game.
“As the league shows, there isn’t much difference between the teams this year.
“We’ll have to be at our best if we want to get a result.”