Monday, shortly after midday


The fourth qualifying round draw takes place live on the Football First show on talkSPORT 2.

The station has confirmed that reporter Tony Incenzo, a non-league aficionado, and former professional footballer Sam Parkin will be guests on hand to help.


The 24 teams that make up the National League, previously exempt, enter the competition at this stage

That means the highest-ranked opponents Witton could be paired with are Salford City, who have won seven successive matches.

Dunston UTS, unbeaten in all competitions this season and conquerors of 10-man Chester on Saturday, are the lowest-ranked.

From the National League North, Altrincham, Blyth Spartans, Chorley, Southport, Stockport County and York City are potential foes too.

A total of three sides from the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division are through, including Albion, while Workington will be involved in a midweek replay at Kidsgrove Athletic.

The draw, which consists of 32 ties, is made on a geographical basis.

Path to the third qualifying round for Witton

3QR Oct 06 FC United of Manchester (a) 2-1

Albion had bowed out against the same opposition three years ago, and avenged that defeat with a deserved victory on their return to Broadhurst Park.

James Foley’s low drive put them in front before Jack Banister cut inside and fired in an equaliser for the home team on 33 minutes.

However the Rebels reached the interval with 10 men following Kurt Willoughby’s dismissal for violent conduct, and Witton captain Rob Hopley restored his side’s lead midway through the second-half.

Dismissals late on for skipper Harry Winter and substitute Elliot Simoes, both of them following a second caution, compounded a miserable afternoon for the National League North side.

2QR Sep 22 Spennymoor Town (h) 2-1

Witton produced another impressive display to eliminate higher-ranked opponents, this time in the shape of the in-form Moors.

James Foley’s penalty, after Delial Brewster had been fouled, sent them on their way before captain Rob Hopley steered in Danny McKenna’s cross with three minutes left.

Substitute Ryan Hall helped Shane Henry’s cross into an unguarded net to halve Spennymoor’s arrears but their goal arrived too late to alter the outcome.

1QR Sep 08 Bottesford Town (h) 5-0

Albion ensured there was no repeat of last season’s early exit, when they succumbed to South Shields, after putting five goals without reply past Bottesford.

They did not look back from the moment Michael Wilson’s free-kick crept past goalkeeper Jordan Douglas midway through the first-half.

Prize money

There is a £25,000 reward for teams that win at this stage of the competition

To date, Witton’s three victories have been worth £30,000 in bonuses alone

For the diary

Fourth qualifying round ties are scheduled to take place on the weekend of Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 2018