Hat­ters and Nash set for derby bat­tle in FA Cup

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - NON-LEAGUE By SHELDAN KEAY @MENS­ports

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.”

John Askey

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