Friday, October 29, 2010

It’s a city of two halves

 Edited from: MEN

Last weekend was the 4th qualifying round in the FA Cup. It’s an important day for those clubs a little further down the football food chain. It’s a chance to dream of the glory and the financial boost that comes with making it through to the first round proper, when the Football League sides enter the competition.

Last Saturday, Altrincham, Stalybridge, Mossley and Droylsden were hoping to go through. Only Droylsden made it, though they were joined in the first round by FC United of Manchester, who beat Barrow on Sunday.

The vagaries of the Cup draw mean that the Bloods face a long trip to Hampshire to face Havant and Waterlooville, but supporters of FC United will be skipping at the prospect of a derby at Football League 1 Rochdale. It should be a game to savour at Spotland and, with their hugely impressive travelling support, FC might just fancy a spot of giant killing.