For the second consecutive season, Reds will kick-off their FA Cup campaign at Northern League club, Newcastle Benfield, albeit a round earlier than last year.
Benfield accounted for Knaresborough Town a fortnight ago to set up Saturday’s Preliminary Round tie (3pm). After finishing 10th in the Northern League top division last season, they have made an impressive start to the new campaign and are currently second in the table.
They got the better of Penrith in Cumbria last Saturday before thrashing Seaham Red Star 6-1 in midweek.
Last season, we earned a replay after a 1-1 draw with Niall Cowperthwaite opening the scoring for Reds and Dale Pearson equalising twelve minutes before time. The replay produced an enjoyable goal spree with the 5-3 score line finishing in our favour and sending us through to the next round.
It will be the earliest start in the competition for Reds for twenty years – a poignant reminder of where we are in the pyramid. Looking at it another way, we are only five victories away from a rare appearance in the First Round Proper.
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