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Ramsbottom's Barrow cup trip
1:40pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Sport
RAMSBOTTOM United will aim to reach the third qualifying round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history when they travel to Barrow tomorrow.
Ramsbottom will be underdogs when they make the daunting trip to Holker Street, with Conference North side Barrow two divisions above them in the non-league pyramid.
But the Evo-Stik First Division North outfit have already pulled off an upset by defeating Stocksbridge Park Steels in this year’s FA Cup.
Now they are attempting to reach the third qualifying round for the first time since 1998 – their first ever season in the competition.
“It would be a great achievement if we could get through because then the Conference teams come in and the competition goes national,” said joint manager Bernard Morley. “You could be playing in Cornwall or anywhere, so it would be interesting.
“I think it’s worth £4,500 to the club if we win, too.
“People might expect that we won’t win, but we’re not going there thinking we can’t win because there’s no point taking part in the FA Cup if you think that.
“I think we can go there and give them a game, and I’m not just saying that because I’m the joint manager.”
Ramsbottom have already reached the second qualifying round for the first time since 2005, and claimed a 3-0 win over former Football League club Darlington in midweek.
Chorley are the other East Lancashire team to feature in tomorrow’s second qualifying round, with Garry Flitcroft’s Magpies also making the trip to Conference North opposition.
Chorley are currently second in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and travel to Vauxhall Motors.
Padiham are in Evo-Stik First Division North action tomorrow at home to Bamber Bridge. Clitheroe travel to Kendal Town.
In the North West Counties Premier Division, Colne host Ashton Athletic and Barnoldswick Town travel to Wigan Robin Park.
Bacup and Rossendale Borough visit St Helens Town after an FA Vase defeat to Parkgate on Wednesday night.
Borough drew 4-4 at Parkgate in the initial tie, but the second qualifying round replay finished 0-0 after extra time before Brent Peters’ side lost 4-2 on penalties.
In the North West Counties First Division, AFC Darwen entertain Cheadle Town tomorrow and Nelson are at home to Atherton LR.
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