1874 NORTHWICH will attempt to topple higher-ranked opponents when they begin another FA Cup campaign.

They were paired with Clitheroe, from the Northern Premier League’s North West Division, in a draw for the extra preliminary round published on Friday lunchtime.

A side managed jointly by Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison can take inspiration from reaching the third qualifying round two years ago, a run that featured wins against higher-ranked Mossley and North Ferriby United – then playing in National League North.

Northwich Victoria will have home advantage against a familiar foe in the shape of former North West Counties League rivals Silsden - who have transferred to the Northern Counties East League.

Coincidentally, Steve Wilkes’ side eliminated the West Yorkshire club from the FA Vase last season.

Meanwhile Winsford United will travel to Vauxhall Motors, who play in the North West Counties League’s second tier, when they will attempt to improve on a record of falling at the first hurdle in each of the past two seasons.

Here’s everything you need to know about today’s FA Cup draw:


Saturday, August 10 (kick-off 3pm)


Clitheroe v 1874 Northwich

Northwich Victoria v Silsden (at Witton Albion FC)

Vauxhall Motors v Winsford United

Prize money

Winners £2,250

Losers £750

And if they get through?

Clitheroe or 1874 Northwich v Thackley or Handsworth Parramore

Northwich Victoria or Silsden v Prescot Cables

Ramsbottom United v Vauxhall Motors or Winsford United

Those ties are scheduled for Saturday, August 24 (kick-off 3pm)

Where are Barnton?

The Villagers did not meet the qualifying criteria to be one of the 736 clubs taking part in this season's edition

What about Witton Albion?

Carl Macauley’s men are exempt until the first qualifying round on Saturday, September 7