FC HALIFAX Town have been warned that their FA Trophy opponents Altrincham won’t be distracted by the FA Cup.
The Blue Square North rivals clash in the first round of the Trophy at The Shay on Saturday week, November 24.
But the Cheshire side are also involved in the FA Cup, and host League II Burton Albion in a big first-round replay live on ESPN tonight.
A trip to League I Crewe awaits the winners, but Altrincham’s West Yorkshire-based winger Nicky Clee said: “The Trophy is just as important to us. The FA Cup is a great competition, and we would love to book a trip to Crewe, which would be a big derby for us.
“But the Trophy provides a realistic chance of having a lengthy cup run, and we all know it provides the possibility of a Wembley appearance, which is a huge incentive.
“Whether we win or lose against Burton, we all know we have to remain focused on both the league and the Trophy, and we will do.”
Clee was among the scorers as Altrincham, bossed by former Huddersfield and Bradford player Lee Sinnott, were 3-0 winners at Worcester in the Trophy third qualifying round on Saturday.
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.
The Shaymen, who are sixth in the Blue Square North, are at home to Droylsden on Saturday, while Altrincham are at home to Hinckley.
Brighouse Town were beaten 2-0 by Premier Division rivals Tadcaster Albion in the second round of the Baris Northern Counties East League Cup at the Dual Seal Stadium.
Paul Quinn’s side are also in knockout action on Saturday, when they go to divisional rivals Staveley Miners Welfare in the second round of the FA Vase.