Daunting tasks for Sunderland RCA and Seaham Red Star in FA Cup draw

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Sunderland RCA have Seaham Red Star have landed two of the toughest possible draws in the extra preliminary round of the newly sponsored Emirates FA Cup.

The Meadow Park men host Guisborough Town, third in the Northern League First Division last season, on August 15, while Red Star, newly promoted as Division Two champions, host top-flight champs Marske United.

Red Star will tackle EvoStik League club Lancaster City if they win through, while RCA face either Newcastle Benfield or Yorkshire Amateur.

Washington face the long journey to North West Counties League outfit AFC Darwen, with the winners heading to Bedlington Terriers or West Auckland. Ryhope CW have a tricky test at Whitley Bay, Bishop Auckland entertain neighbours Shildon and Spennymoor Town enter at the preliminary round stage, visiting fellow EvoStik League club Harrogate RA.

In the FA Vase, Northern League newcomers Easington Colliery have a bye into the second round, and host Ashington.

Emirates FA Cup, extra preliminary round (ties Aug 15): Penrith v Jarrow Roofing, Ashington v Albion Sports, AFC Darwen v Washington, Nelson v Newton Aycliffe, Bedlington Terriers v West Auckland, Billingham Synthonia v Consett, Hebburn Town v Tadcaster Albion, Bishop Auckland v Shildon, Sunderland RCA v Guisborough Town, Crook Town v Dunston UTS, Seaham Red Star v Marske Utd, Garforth v Morpeth Town, Bridlington Town v North Shields, WhItley Bay v Ryhope CW, Whickham v Padiham, Durham City v Thackley

Preliminary round (Aug 29) includes: Whitley Bay or Ryhope CW v Heaton Stannington or Norton & Stockton Ancients, Bedlington or West Auckland v AFC Darwen or Washington, Ashington or Albion Sports v Durham City or Thackley, Bishop Auckland or Shildon v Penrith or Jarrow Roofing, Sunderland RCA or Guisborough v Newcastle Benfield or Yorkshire Amateur, Seaham Red Star or Marske Utd v Lancaster City, Harrogate RA v Spennymoor Town

FA Vase, first round qualifying (ties Sep 5): Willington v Whitley Bay, Ryhope CW v Darlington RA, Brandon Utd v Washington, Crook Town v West Auckland, Hebburn Town v Knaresborough Town, Seaham Red Star v Billingham Town, Esh Winning v Hall Road Rangers, Morpeth Town v Padiham, Durham City v Northallerton Town, Billingham Synthonia v Alnwick Town, Thackley v Whickham, Birtley Town v Chester-le-Street Town

Second round qualifying includes: Easington Colliery v Ashington, South Shields v Brandon Utd or Washington, Tow Law Town v Stokesley, Birtley Town or Chester-le-Street Town v Eccleshill Utd or Heaton Stannington, Ryhope CW or Darlington RA v Esh Winning or Hall Road Rangers, Sunderland RCA v Penrith or Bridlington Town, Bedlington Terriers v Durham City or Northallerton, Jarrow Roofing v Seaham Red Star or Billingham Town, Hebburn Town or Knaresborough Town v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion or Yorkshire Amateur, Bishop Auckland v Holker Old Boys, AFC Darwen v Crook Town or West Auckland, Willington or Whitley Bay v West Allotment Celtic, Newton Aycliffe v Barnoldswick Town

FA Trophy, preliminary round (Oct 3): Glossop North End v Spennymoor Town

First round qualifying (Oct 31): Glossop North End or Spennymoor Town v Goole, Blyth Spartans v Kendal Town or Scarborough Athletic, Darlington 1883 v Mossley or Harrogate RA