Sunderland RCA face tough trip north in FA Cup opener

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SUNDERLAND RCA have been handed a tough opening tie in the 2012/13 FA Cup.

Neil Hixon’s men must go to Northern League First Division rivals Ashington in the extra preliminary round on August 11, but the winners will be confident of further progress – away to Marske United or Stokesley, both from Division Two.

RCA are exempt to the first round proper of the FA Vase, when they will host either Ryton and Crawcrook Albion or Bishop Auckland.

Seaham Red Star are not entered in the FA Cup, but they have home advantage against Wearside League Willington in the FA Vase’s first qualifying round.

FA Cup, extra preliminary round (Aug 11): Ashington v Sunderland RCA, Washington v Esh Winning, Chester-le-Street v Billingham Town, Durham City v Newcastle Benfield, Tow Law v Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor Town v Scarborough Athletic, Crook Town v Penrith, North Shields v Birtley Town, Whitehaven v Shildon, Liversedge v West Auckland, Bedlington Terriers v Morpeth Town, Bridlington Town v Whitley Bay, Dunston UTS v Armthorpe Welfare, Jarrow Roofing v Pickering Town, South Shields v Darlington RA, Tadcaster Albion v Consett, Billingham Synthonia v Celtic Nation, Thackley v Hebburn Town

FA Vase, first qualifying round (Sep 1): Seaham Red Star v Willington, Jarrow Roofing v Brandon United, Esh Winning v Tadcaster Albion, Celtic Nation v Birtley Town, Tow Law Town v Penrith, Guisborough Town v Crook Town, Billingham Town v Pickering Town, Consett v Alnwick Town, Holker Old Boys v Hebburn Town, Liversedge v North Shields

Second qualifying round (Sep 15) includes: Washington v Jarrow Roofing/Brandon United, Seaham Red Star/Willington v Newton Aycliffe, Chester-le-Street v Norton & Stockton Ancients, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion v Bishop Auckland, Shildon v Liversedge/North Shields, Tow Law/Penrith v Horden CW, Yorkshire Amateur v South Shields

First round proper (Oct 13) includes: Bridlington Town v Spennymoor, Billingham Town/Pickering Town/Team Northumbria v Durham City, Sunderland RCA v Ryton and Crawcrook Albion/Bishop Auckland

Exempt to round two: Dunston UTS, Ashington, Billingham Synthonia, Newcastle Benfield, West Auckland, Whitley Bay