Draw kicks off cup competition!

By David Watters

The EVO-STIK Northern Premier League's clubs are looking forward to kicking off in the Integro League Challenge Cup after the draw was made for the early rounds of the 2016-16-17 competition.

Lifted by Marine in April for a record fourth time after their 2-1 win over Scarborough Athletic, this season's competition kicks off with four preliminary round ties in the week commencing 12 September - Brighouse Town versus Shaw Lane, Hyde versus Glossop North End, Market Drayton Town versus Romulus and Prescot Cables versus Kendal Town.

Clubs who make it through the early rounds will collect £250 for reaching the quarter-finals and £500 for making the semi-finalists. Like 2016 winners Marine, pictured, next April's winners will collect £2000 with the losing finalists banking £1000. If the scores are level in ties after 90 minutes, penalties will decide the result.

Integro League Challenge Cup First Round
(Ties to be played in the week commencing 14 November)

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Corby Town
Ashton United v Warrington Town
Bamber Bridge v Marine
Barwell v Coalville Town
Bedworth v Matlock Town
Belper Town v Mickleover Sports
Brighouse or Shaw Lane v Blyth Spartans
Burscough v Lancaster City
Buxton v Radcliffe Borough
Carlton Town v Spalding United
Droylsden v Trafford
Frickley Athletic v Tadcaster Albion
Glossop NE or Hyde v Witton Albion
Grantham Town v Gresley
Halesowen Town v Rushall Olympic
Kendal or Prescot v Clitheroe
Kidsgrove Athletic v Chasetown
Leek Town v Hednesford Town
Lincoln United v Stamford
Loughborough Dynamo v Basford
Market Drayton or Romulus v Sheffield
Mossley v Nantwich Town
Newcastle Town v Stafford Rangers
Northwich Victoria v Colwyn Bay
Ossett Albion v Farsley Celtic
Ossett Town v Scarborough Athletic
Rugby Town v Ilkeston FC
Skelmersdale United v Colne
Stocksbridge P S v Spennymoor Town
Sutton Coldfield v Stourbridge
Whitby Town v Goole
Workington v Ramsbottom United

Marine manager Sean Hessey and chairman Paul Leary are pictured being presented with their silverware by Barry Greenlees from sponsors Integro at the EVO-STIK NPL's awards night at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel in June.

Image courtesy of Rob Lock

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