THE EMIRATES FA Cup returns this weekend as Salford City welcome fellow National League North challengers York City (KO 15:00).
It is the first ever meeting between the sides, and comes as both teams enter the Cup in the Second Qualifying Round – the first time The Minstermen have been in the competition so early since they were last in a regional league back in the 1920s.
As far as ties go this is probably one of the most difficult ties either side could have asked for with both teams currently in the National League North play-offs, but Salford captain Liam Hogan says that it is what The Ammies need to help motivate them:
“I’m excited about the FA Cup getting underway, and looking at the tie that we’ve got, I’m really happy with that.
“Some people will probably say that you’d rather play someone from a league below, or a “lesser team” but for us I feel like we need to play against the best to get the best out of ourselves.
“York is a massive club, a club that’s held on to quite a lot of experienced players to come down and play in this league.”
Last season The Minstermen were eliminated in a Fourth Qualifying Round Replay by Curzon Ashton that extended their winless run in the competition to a sixth season.
Their last win was a 2-0 win at Darlington in Round 2 of the 2011/12 competition; since, they have lost in their first round of the competition, albeit four of those were in a replay.
The Ammies didn’t fare much better in last season’s competition where – after a narrow 1-0 victory at Bradford Park Avenue – they lost 2-0 to Stockport County at Edgeley Park.
However, at home in the FA Cup for the first time since the 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United in December 2015, and on a 10-match unbeaten run, Salford will feel confident they can progress to the Third Qualifying Round for a third year in a row.
Entry is pay on the gate (Adults £10, Concessions £5).
Segregation will be in place. York City supporters should use the Moor Lane (E) turnstile, home fans should use the Moor Lane (W) and Nevile Road (W) turnstiles.