October 25, 2010
FC United of Manchester stand just two victories away from a potential showdown with Manchester United after the FA Cup first round draw was made on Sunday.
The Evo-Stik League Premier Division side, who were formed as a breakaway club for Manchester United fans opposed to the Glazer takeover, must first overcome a different derby encounter, against neighbours Rochdale.
Carlos Roca's 78th-minute winner secured a 1-0 victory over Barrow, booking them a place in the same draw as footballing giants Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton. Wednesday, currently fourth in League One, face a trip to Southport, while Southampton host Shrewsbury Town.
Hythe Town are the lowest ranked team left in the competition, but the Kent League Premier Division side have been handed an attractive-looking trip to the Football League's bottom club Hereford on the weekend of November 6/7.
Town boss Scott Porter told the FA's official website: "On our day we can beat anyone so whether it's home or away we're always in with a chance. We're going to make a weekend of it and it's going to be a great day for the football club."
Elsewhere, Hendon still must overcome an intriguing clash with the Metropolitan Police if they are to fulfil their place in round one against the winners of Carshalton Athletic or Chelmsford City.