Magpies are up for the cup

Chorley fan Colin White is hoping to watch the Magpies book a place in the first round proper of the FA Cup
Chorley fan Colin White is hoping to watch the Magpies book a place in the first round proper of the FA Cup
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A tie against Bradford City at Victory Park awaits Chorley in the first round proper of the FA Cup if they can defeat FC Halifax Town this evening.

The Magpies will host the Bantams scheduled for the weekend November 8 and 9, but only if they can overcome the Shayman on their home patch in tonight’s final qualifying round replay.

The two teams cancelled each other out over 120 minutes of football in a 0-0 draw at Victory Park on Saturday.

Conference Premier outfit Halifax – who are a division above Chorley in the football pyramid will start tonight’s game as the heavy favourites in front of their own fans.

However, a strong travelling band of supporters are expected to make the short trip to West Yorkshire to cheer on their side.

And Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft is convinced his men have nothing to fear.

“There was nothing between the teams out there on Saturday and once again we showed we can hold our own against a side from a higher level. We can go to Halifax without fear.”

Shaymen boss Neil Aspin is hoping his men can make the most of home advantage.

“I felt we had enough opportunities to get ourselves in front on Saturday,” he said.

“Then in the second half the game didn’t hit any heights and it was one of the games where you’re concerned you don’t get caught on the counter-attack and lose.

“Now we’ve got a chance at home and we’ve got to take that opportunity.”

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde’s reward for beating King’s Lynn Town on Saturday 4-3 is an away trip to Football League outfit Plymouth Argyle. Southport will visit Dagenham and Redbridge in the next round if they can defeatTamworth at home tonight.

Elsewhere, Bamber Bridge and Lancaster will go again in the FA Trophy preliminary round at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium tonight.

The two derby rivals drew 1-1 in the original match a week last Saturday and the scheduled replay the following Tuesday was postponed on safety grounds due to high winds.

In the NPL First Division North, Burscough host Northwich Victoria at Victoria Park, while Clitheroe welcome Harrogate Railway Athletic at Shawbridge.