Harrogate Town drawn against Grimsby Town in FA Cup Qualifying

Harrogate Town's Dominic Knowles scored as Town beat Burscough in the FA Cup on Saturday

Harrogate Town's Dominic Knowles scored as Town beat Burscough in the FA Cup on Saturday

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Harrogate Town have been handed a home draw against Grimsby Town in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

The Lincolnshire side will head to the CNG Stadium on the weekend of Saturday, October 24.

Victory for Town would see them land a place in the first round proper for the first time since 2012.

“It’s a cracking draw,” said Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver.

“There’s probably easier draws out there but we are at home which is what we wanted.”

Town reached the fourth qualifying round stage with a comfortable 3-0 win over Burscough on Saturday, with goals for Louie Swain, Dom Knowles and Brendon Daniels.

Harrogate Town assistant John McDermott is a club legend at Grimsby Town

Harrogate Town assistant John McDermott is a club legend at Grimsby Town

Town has a close association with Grimsby, who sit just outside the play-off zone in Vanarama National North, with assistant manager John McDermott a club legend at Blundell Park.

Grimsby was McDermott’s solitary club throughout a 20-year playing career, in which he made 647 appearances for the Black and Whites.

Weaver added: “We were straight on the phone after the draw.

“He is really looking forward to it. He played there all his career and is an absolute legend there.

“That will put even more on the game.

“It’s a great game for Macca.”

The two sides last met in a pre-season friendly in July 2014, with Grimbsy winning 2-0.

Read more reaction in this Thursday’s Harrogate Advertiser.