FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Draw: All North West tie for Longridge Town and Skelmersdale United

Longridge Town and Skelmersdale United – the two lowest ranked North West sides left in the FA Cup – have been drawn together in the third qualifying round.

The draw, held at lunchtime today, has seen the two North West Counties Premier League sides drawn together among 39 other fixtures.

Whilst £5,625 is the prize for the winners, a place in the fourth qualifying round and a potential mouth watering game against the likes of Notts County is more likely to be on the minds of the two sides.

After a dramatic tie in the second qualifying round against Northern Premier League side Stalybridge Celtic that saw Lee Ashcroft’s side net an 88th minute winner to secure a 3-2 upset through Owen Watkinson, the hosts will be looking to continue their record breaking run, having previously only made it as far as the preliminary round.


On the other hand, visitors Skelmersdale will be aiming to get into the fourth qualifying round for the first time since 1972, having already beaten Penistone Church, Congleton Town, Bootle and Lancaster City to get this far.

Other fixtures that feature North West sides include:

Southport v South Shields

Chester v Spennymoor Town

Farsley Celtic v AFC Fylde

Marine v Nantwich Town

Chorley v York City

FC United of Manchester v Alfreton Town