Difficult but winnable - that was Town boss Neil Aspin’s verdict on his side’s FA Cup third qualifying round tie at Lancaster City.
The Shaymen will renew rivalries with the club that pushed them all the way for the Unibond One North title in 2009-10 - Aspin’s first season in charge at the Shay.
And City will be keen to add another scalp to their current FA Cup run having knocked FC United of Manchester out of the competition 1-0 at Gigg Lane last weekend as Town were overcoming Tadcaster 2-1 at the Shay.
Lancaster finished four points behind the Shaymen two years ago before missing out in the play-offs and were unable to make a challenge last term, finishing outside the play off places.
“I have heard they have a decent team this season after our rivalries from a couple of years ago,” said Aspin.
“It is the FA Cup and you take whatever you are given.
“After our late win at the weekend we need to be better and it will be tough, but it is a game we are capable of winning.
“If we go there and give a performance we can get a result.”
Town have the small matter of a Blue Square Bet North game against Eastwood on Saturday before they travel to Lancaster on October 15 and Aspin is certain to have City watched before the tie.
Mark Peers scored the only goal of the game the last time Town played at Lancaster in September 2009.
Lee Gregory scored two with James Dean and Steve Payne also on target when the Shaymen won the return 4-0 in front of 3,152 at the end of the campaign in what turned out to be a One North title decider.
Bookings are being taken for the official supporters’ coach to the game. Places can be secured by calling 07707 143094 and the cost of transport, which leaves the Shay at 11.30, will be £16
Draw: Nantwich Town v Kendal Town, Radcliffe Borough v Hebburn Town, Lancaster City v Halifax Town, Whitby Town v Blyth Spartans, AFC Fylde or Gainsborough v Frickley or Harrogate Town, Hyde v Bradford PA, Ashington or Vauxhall Motors v Guiseley, Witton v Spennymoor, Droylsden v Stocksbridge PS, King’s Lynn v Stratford Town, Daventry v Nuneaton, Hednesford v Histon or Corby, Boston United or Kidsgrove v Long Buckby, Hinckley v Leek, Solihull Moors v Grantham, Barrow Town v Rushall Olympic, Stourbridge v Evesham, Billericay Town v Biggleswade or Leatherhead, Worthing or Beckenham v Staines or Beaconsfield SYCOB, Redbridge v Dunstable, Eastbourne Borough v Sudbury, Lowestoft v Chelmsford, Cray Wanderers v Dartford, Whitehawk or Maldon & Tiptree v Hendon, VCD Athletic or Thurrock v Arlesey Town, Burnham or Horsham v Bishop’s Stortford, Slough v Hanworth Villa, East Thurrock or St Albans v North Greenford, Dover v Wroxham or Concord, Margate or Thamesmead v Bromley, Southend Manor v Leighton, Sutton United v Bognor Regis, Frome or Basingstoke v Hartley Wintney, Yate Town or Bodmin Town v Godalming Town, Gloucester City v Bournemouth or Truro, Totton v Weymouth or Hungerford, Eastleigh v Oxford City, Salisbury v Poole, Weston Super Mare v Havant & Waterlooville, Maidenhead or Farnborough v Woking. Ties to be played on October 15.