1874 NORTHWICH were paired with Premier Division high-fliers Maine Road in the draw for the North West Counties League Challenge Cup semi finals on Saturday.

They will play the Manchester-based outfit over two legs on dates to be decided.

Ian Street’s men, playing in the competition for the first time, reached the last four following a 2-1 win at home to Abbey Hey at the weekend.

Newcomer David Short and Rick Bailey were on target for the hosts at Barton Stadium.

1874 Northwich have now knocked out higher-ranked opponents in two of their four ties.

Maine Road cruised through at the expense of AFC Blackpool, with former Witton Albion front man Thomas Bentham on target four times.

Rochdale Town, conquerors of Runcorn Town at the weekend, take on Ashton Athletic in the other semi final.