CAMMELL LAIRD have found out who will be their first challenge of this season’s FA Cup adventure.
Lairds will travel to the winners ofŠBarton Town Old Boys versus Barnoldswick Town, on August 25, for their first preliminary round.
Should they progress further they will face a mouth watering trip to FC United of Manchester, a clash which could secure club finances for the year.
Manager, Anthony Sullivan, said: “The FA Cup is a fantastic competition, and there’s never an easy game.
“I’d be doing the two teams an injustice if I said I’d rather play a particular one, but we’ll be suitably prepared and there’s a massive carrot dangling for us.”
Should Lairds avoid the first hurdle then a trip to Bury’s League One stadium, Gigg Lane, awaits to face the Evo-Stick Premier’s big hitters awaits.
“It would be a fantastic day out, should we get through, and we wouldn’t be going there just to make up the numbers.
“It would put us on the map, and the club deserves some luck,” said Sullivan.
Along with the FA Cup draw, the Birkenhead-side’s first FA Trophy opponents of the season were revealed. Evo-Stick Premier side Kendal Town will travel to Merseyside, for the first qualifying round.
“Kendal will be a tough game as they’re a strong outfit.
“It’s a one off game, sometimes the little man hits the big guy down, so we’ve got a chance,” explained Sullivan.
The Evo-Stik Northern Premier side have been back training for three weeks now, working on running initially on the sand hills.
The pinnacle of their pre-season campaign will the trip of League One neighbours Tranmere Rovers, who visit Kirklands on July 23.
Sullivan said: “Tranmere is a prestigious friendly for us, which will hopefully bring in some much needed revenue.
“Hopefully Mr Moore will play a strong side and that will be a great experience for our lads.”
Sullivan has already moved to bring in experienced midfielder John Couch, as well as former Buckley Town defender Lee Atherton.
“John has a great engine and is tough in the tackle, while Lee knows the league and will add some much needed composure,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan hinted at the possibility of securing a number of new transfers in the coming weeks, but currently he is focussing on preparing his team for the season opener on August 18.