FC HALIFAX Town will host Blue Square North rivals Altrincham in the first round of the FA Trophy on Saturday week, November 24.

The Cheshire side were due at The Shay in the league tonight, but that game has been put back to Tuesday, December 18 because of their FA Cup clash against Burton Albion.

League II Albion visit Altrincham for a first-round replay to be screened live on ESPN on Thursday, when a trip to League I Crewe awaits the winners. Altrincham, bossed by former Huddersfield and Bradford player Lee Sinnott, were 3-0 winners at Worcester in Saturday’s Trophy third qualifying round clash.

Neil Aspin’s Halifax reached round one for the first time since the club were reformed by beating Evo-Stik (Northern Premier League) Cammell Laird 1-0 in Birkenhead. Both clubs will be happy at avoiding one of the 24 Blue Square Premier sides who enter at the first-round stage, when 64 clubs are involved.

But for Altrincham, it’s a sixth successive away draw in the Trophy – and amazingly, a 12th in FA national competitions.

Guiseley host Blue Square North leaders Brackley while Ossett Town, of the Evo-Stik League, go to former Football League club Stockport.

Halifax, who are sixth in the Blue Square North, are next in action at home to Droyslden in a league clash on Saturday.

The Under 19s take on Chasetown in a Football Conference Youth Alliance game at Brighouse Town’s Dual Seal Stadium tomorrow afternoon (2.00).

Brighouse are at home to Tadcaster Albion in the second round of the Baris Northern Counties East League Cup tonight (7.45).