FOOTBALL: Away ties in FA Cup first qualifying round draw

Jack Fixter had a bizarre celebration in front of the Spalding United dugout after scoring at Wisbech Town on Saturday
Jack Fixter had a bizarre celebration in front of the Spalding United dugout after scoring at Wisbech Town on Saturday

Holbeach United and Deeping Rangers were given away ties in Monday’s Emirates FA Cup first qualifying round draw.

Seb Hayes feels happy with a derby date as the Tigers – who smashed six goals past ON Chenecks on Saturday – face a trip to Evo-Stik Premier Division club Grantham Town next month.

Hayes said: “We will be massive underdogs and it’s going to be a test.

“I can’t wait – I’m already looking forward to it.

“When you get to this stage of the competition, you want to be at home.

“If that’s not the case, you want to test yourselves against one of the highest-placed clubs after the hard work to get here.”

We like Tuesday nights at home so we’re all looking forward to it.

Chris Rawlinson

The tie on September 2 will see Holbeach midfielder George Zuerner face one of his former clubs.

Deeping Rangers’ reward for Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Barton Rovers is another trip – this time to Midland League Division One giantkillers Brocton who knocked out Evo-Stik South side Gresley 2-0 at the weekend.

The Clarets will face the Badgers in Staffordshire and manager Michael Goode is pleased with the draw.

He said: “We don’t know anything about them at all so it’s a trip into the unknown.

“According to the reports, Gresley were very poor on Saturday. I’ve got a couple of contacts there who can tell us about how Brocton lined up against them.

“They are a level below us so, even though we are away from home, we can go there with confidence to get the right result. It will be a very tough game and we’ll need to prepare properly again.

“It’s certainly not a bad draw because we would back ourselves if we play well to beat anybody at Step Six.”

The winners of Tuesday night’s replay between Spalding United and Wisbech Town were also drawn away.

They await the winners of the midweek game between Kempston Rovers and Newport Pagnell Town.

Tulips manager Chris Rawlinson said: “We know that we will be in for another tough game on Tuesday night.

“If we play like we did for 20 minutes in the first half on Saturday then we will get beaten.

“Hopefully there will be a big crowd. We like Tuesday nights at home so we’re all looking forward to it.”

The preliminary round winners collect £1,925 from the FA prize fund.

Clubs will earn £3,000 for reaching the second qualifying round.

First qualifying round ties will be played on Saturday, September 2.