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FA CUP: First round draw details

United drawn to play Hayes & Yeading United

26 October 2020

Carlisle United have been drawn to face Hayes & Yeading United away in the first round of this season's Emirates FA Cup.

Carlisle lad Grant Holt was in charge of the draw, and he drew the Blues out of the bowl moments after the Southern League Premier Division South side had been announced as the hosting team.

Giving his reaction to the draw, manager Chris Beech said: "This is a fantastic competition and it's just a privilege to be involved. 

"It always brings excitement, and ties like this are what it's all about and why it's watched by people all over the world.

"We're in round one, and the aim has to be to progress. But make no mistake about it, Hayes & Yeading will be thinking exactly the same.

"We'll respect that because we know we're going up against a group of players who have been hard to beat so far this season, both in the cup and in the league.

"Obviously it's such a shame that fans can't be there, these days are superb for supporters from both clubs, but we can't control that. 

"We have to concentrate on what we can control, which will be to do our jobs so that hopefully we can get through what will be a very tough game."

Hayes & Yeading, managed by former-Chelsea and Luton player Paul Hughes, are based on Beaconsfield Road in the London Borough of Hillingdon, and were founded 13-years ago when Hayes FC and Yeading FC merged.

Currently in eighth spot in the table, they are unbeaten at home and have lost just once on the road, giving them a league tally of played six, won two, drawn three, lost one.

Their trip to the first round proper this season has seen them despatch Margate (2-1), Bognor Regis Town (5-0), Chipstead (4-2 on pens following a 0-0 draw) and Wealdstone (2-0) in the four qualifying rounds respectively.

They've been in the first round proper before, back in 2010/11, when they were knocked out by Wycombe when Gareth Ainsworth bagged a stoppage time winner in what was a thrilling game.

And last season saw them give Oxford United a real test, albeit they eventually exited the competition as the U's claimed a 2-0 away win.

Ties will be played behind closed doors across the weekend of 6/7/8/9 November.

Full details to follow. 

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