Wrexham & Newport learn FA Cup first round fate

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Wrexham and Newport County have both earned good FA Cup first round proper draws as the Dragons go to Cambridge United and the Exiles host Shrewsbury.

League leaders Wrexham's reward for 2-1 win over York on Saturday is a trip to their Blue Square Bet Premier rivals on the weekend of 12-13 November.

Newport will welcome League Two play-off hopefuls Shrewsbury after beating Braintree 4-3 in the qualifying round.

"Can you get to that third round?" said Wrexham boss Andy Morrell.

"The third round is the one. If you can, the money-spinners are in there."

Morrell and County manager Justin Edinburgh hope to inspire their Blue Square Bet Premier team to January's third round where the Premier League teams enter the famous cup competition.

Edinburgh won the FA Cup as a player for Tottenham Hotspur in 1991, beating Nottingham Forest 2-1 at Wembley, and now his County side faces a Shrewsbury in a repeat of the 1980 Welsh Cup final - the last time Newport won that tournament.

Wrexham have a famous giant-killing history, most memorably shocking the then league champions Arsenal 2-1 in a third round clash at The Racecourse Ground in 1992.

And Morrell is pleased to draw Blue Square Premier Bet play-off chasing Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium.

"I'd rather be at home and I'd have liked to have had a league club," admitted Morrell.

"But you can't have everything. Cambridge are a good team and are going well.

"It is a chance to get through to the second round and I'd rather go as far as we can in this competition.

"Cambridge is not a bad draw and I would hope we could push on."

FULL FA CUP FIRST ROUND DRAW

Hereford United v Yeovil Town
Bury v Crawley Town
Luton Town v Northampton Town
Cambridge United v Wrexham
Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday
Swindon Town v Huddersfield Town
Redbridge v Oxford City
Bristol Rovers v Kidderminster Harriers or Corby Town
Oldham Athletic v Burton Albion
Preston North End v Southend United
Dagenham & Redbridge v Bath City
Hartlepool United v Stevenage
Droylesden or Blyth Spartans v Gateshead
Alfreton Town or Lincoln City v Carlisle United
Chesterfield v Torquay United
Crewe Alexandra v Colchester United
Tranmere Rovers v Cheltenham Town
Chelmsford City or Gloucester City v AFC Telford United
Darlington or Hinckley United v Tamworth
Exeter City v Walsall
Bradford City v Rochdale
Notts County v Accrington Stanley
Port Vale v Grimsby Town
Sheffield United v Oxford United
FC Halifax Town v Charlton Athletic
Sutton United or Leatherhead v Kettering Town
AFC Bournemouth v Gillingham
MK Dons v Nantwich Town
AFC Totton v Bradford Park Avenue
Newport County v Shrewsbury Town
Leyton Orient v Bromley
East Thurrock United v Macclesfield Town
AFC Wimbledon v Scunthorpe United
Salisbury City v Arlesey Town
Brentford v Basingstoke Town
Maidenhead United v Aldershot Town
Mansfield Town or Fleetwood Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Barrow v Rotherham United
Southport v Barnet
Plymouth Argyle v Stourbridge

Ties to take place on the weekend of 12 and 13 November.

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