Harrogate Railway will set up a mouth-watering FA Trophy tie against former heroes Rob Youhill and Nathan Cartman if they progress through a tricky clash in the preliminary round.
The two sides will meet at Seel Park in Lancashire on Saturday, October 3, with the victors heading north to face Darlington 1883.
Darlington earned promotion from the First Division North play-offs last season, with former Railway hitman Cartman netting in the final.
Ashforth, who was best man at Cartman’s wedding on Saturday, said: “I was with Carts about 15 minutes after the draw was made and he was saying straight away, ‘you better win against Mossley’.
“If we did beat Mossley, that Darlington game will be a great money-spinner for the club so it’s important we give them the respect.
“It’s going to be a really difficult game. They never seem to be struggling around the bottom. It could have been much easier for us. It’s a trek to get to for some of the Harrogate lads so it will be another hard, hard game.
“There’s no denying that everyone in the changing room will be talking about the Darlo game but it’s important that we keep our heads firmly placed on the Mossley match. But it would be a massive disappointment for them all if we don’t get through.”
Meanwhile, new Railway boss Lee Ashforth’s first FA Cup clash in charge will come at home against Spennymoor Town in the preliminary round on August 15.
Railway and Spennymoor met four times last season with the northerners knocking Billy Miller’s Rail’ out of the FA Trophy before Rail’ got revenge with a 5-1 thumping in the league cup.
Ashforth said: “We know a bit about each other with the amount we have played. It will be interesting to meet up with them again. There’s no doubt about it. Spennymoor will be right up there in the league. It’s going to be a really difficult game for us you would expect.
“The positive is that it’s a home draw which should get a few people through the door. With the history of the FA Cup at this club, I am sure a lot of people will be interested in the game. We had a really good run in the competition last year when we got through a few rounds and gave Colwyn Bay a really good game at their place. They ended up losing to Warrington who got the second round proper. That shows that a team from this league can get that far, I would love it to be us, but as always it’s one game at a time.”
Meanwhile, Ashforth has confirmed that former Railway captain Jon Maloney has chosen to step away from Station View.
Elsewhere, Railway have confirmed the recruitment of five new players.
Ex-Harrogate Town midfielder Eddie Birch has joined from Bridlington Town while ex-Guiseley man Jack Stockgill has been training at Station View.
Former Guiseley winger Redmond Lee has also impressed Ashforth in pre-season with the boss labelling him an “exciting prospect”.
Ex-Bradford City academy player Roy Fogarty adds strength to Ashforth’s forward line and has joined pal Cameron Lynn in signing at Rail’.