Derby rivals to clash in FA Cup

Bamber Bridge and Chorley will meet again in the FA Cup
Bamber Bridge and Chorley will meet again in the FA Cup
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The stage is set for a crunch local derby in the FA Cup after Chorley were paired with Bamber Bridge in the competition’s third round of qualifying.

The two teams will meet at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday week after the draw was made at Wembley Stadium yesterday.

NPL First Division North outfit Brig – who have won three ties to get to this stage of the competition – defeated Workington 1-0 away from home on Saturday to book their place in the next round.

Chorley entered the competition at the second round stage due to their status as a Conference North club and they sealed a mouth-watering match with their near neighbours thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory over Glossop North End.

Both teams are now just two wins away from the first round proper, where they could land a plum tie against a Football League club.

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde will be hoping to book their passage in the next round of the FA Cup when they host Bradford Park Avenue in a replay at Kellamergh Park on Tuesday night.

The Coasters led twice on Saturday at the Horsfall Stadium but were pegged back on each occasion – eventually having to settle for a 2-2 draw.

“We won the game effectively twice and let Bradford back into it but we didn’t lose and we go again tonight,” boss Dave Challinor said.

There could be changes in his starting line-up this evening as he contemplates a congested fixture list over the next couple of weeks.

“I think we’ll have to have a look at what we do tonight, we’ll make decisions and if we think there are changes needed to be made then we’ll do it,” he said. “We find ourselves now in a similar situation to last season with four games coming up in less than two weeks.

“We’ve not really had that this season, which I think has benefitted us, and we’ve been able to maintain a stable starting line-up since the start of the season.

“But it’s an important game for us tonight and one we’ll go to try to win.”

A home tie against Buxton awaits in the next round for Fylde should they emerge successful this evening.

Lancaster City’s reward for their excellent 1-0 victory over FC United, in front of a four-figure crowd at Gigg Lane, is a long trip to King’s Lynn Town in the third round of qualifying.

Darren Peacock’s men managed to contain their higher-division opponents before grabbing a late winner through Billy Akrigg. The Dolly Blues are in cup action on Tuesday night against Clitheroe at Giant Axe in the first round of the Lancashire FA Trophy.

And Burscough host St Helens Town at Victoria Park in the first round of the Liverpool Senior Cup.