FA Cup money boost for clubs

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THE FA Cup Final may be nine months away but for the Non-League teams the cup trail begins this weekend with the extra-preliminary round.

Whilst any chance of one of the minnows reaching the final are remote to say the least, the FA Cup does give the clubs the opportunity of their own little piece of glory and also giving their hard pressed coffers a welcome financial boost.

Teams overcoming the first hurdle can pick up £1,000 with the prize fund increasing to £1,750 preliminary round with £3,000 for successful first qualifying round winners then £4,500, £7,500 and £12,500 for the second, third and fourth qualifying round victors respectively.

Hallam travel to Irlam FC of the North West Counties Division One. The Sandygate club will hope to bounce back from an opening day defeat at AFC Emley with manager Julian Watts boosted by the likely return of striker Liam Morris.

Parkgate have home advantage against North West Counties Premier Division Runcorn Town. The Steelmen warmed up for the tie with a resounding 5-2 win against Brighouse Town on Tuesday, while Parkgate have picked up four points from their opening two games following a 4-3 home success over Congleton Town on Monday

Having already had a taste of cup success this season after beating Hemsworth MW 2-1 in the League Cup earlier in the week, Dinnington Town will aim to stretch their undefeated start to the season to three games when they come up against another of the NWC sides Atherton Collieries at Phoenix Park.

Staveley Miners Welfare face more familiar opponents when they welcome Premier Division rivals Hall Road Rangers to Inkersall Road as the Miners look to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat at Long Eaton United.

Having won their opening two league fixtures Retford United should be confident of making progress in the cup at the expense of East Midlands League side Bardon Hill Sports at Cannon Park.

However, Sports showed their battling qualities after coming from 2-0 down last weekend to win their opening in fixture 4-2.

Armthorpe Welfare, Maltby Main and Rossington Main all face difficult away ties. Armthorpe travel to FA Vase winners Dunston UTS boosted by a last gasp 2-1 mid-week victory at Nostell MW, while Maltby Main will be hoping for their first win of the season at Cheadle Town of North West Counties Division One. And NWC opponents await Rossington Main in the shape of Atherton Laburnum Rovers as the Doncaster side look to register their first win of the season after defeats at Selby Town and Teversal.