Chris Sellars says ‘the football gods have been at work’ after Hallam were paired with Shirebrook Town in the First Round Qualifying draw of the FA Vase.
The draw will see Julian Watts, who left Hallam in May to take up the manager’s post at Shirebrook, return to Sandygate Road in September. Sellars’ team have also been drawn with Cleathorpes in the League Cup.
“The twitter traffic has been going mad and you sense the football gods have been at work with this one.” the Hallam manager said. “It’s a fantastic draw, what are the odds? You can’t help but smile at it and I am sure it will draw a good crowd in.”
Sheffield FC could also be welcoming Watts back to Sheffield after the two teams were drawn in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, but Shirebrook will have to navigate their way past Parkgate before a possible clash at Sheffield.
The winners of the tie between Sheffield and either Parkgate or Shirebrook will earn £1,925 as well as a trip to Frickley Athletic in the next round.
Ian Whitehorne, the Sheffield manager who is already dreaming of a tie against Sheffield United, said: “It isn’t an easy draw, but I am glad we have got a home tie. We are playing Shirebrook in pre-season and Julian did very well when he was at Hallam.
“Curtis [Woodhouse] put a second string side out last year and got knocked out the first round. We will playing the strongest side possible because the financial gains are essential to this club.”
Sheffield will also face newly promoted Padiham in the FA Trophy on October 5.
Worksop Parramore have home ties against AFC Blackpool in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round and Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the FA Vase.