Emley AFC boss Richard Tracey wants the club to “fight on all fronts” this season but he’s well aware that extended cup runs can cause problems of their own.

The Pewits were knocked out of the FA Cup at the first time of asking but were reinstated into the competition because opponents Avro fielded an ineligible player.

Since then Emley have taken full advantage winning 5-1 at Lower Breck FC and then seeing off Widnes after a replay.

That set up a trip to Mossley on Saturday (September 16) in the second qualifying round, the furthest they’ve gone in the FA Cup in over 20 years.

The Pewits are also still in the FA Vase, a competition in which they have a realistic chance of doing well. They beat Sandbach United 3-0 and go to Brigg in the second qualifying round on Saturday September 23.

Match action from Golcar United v Emley AFC by: SEAN DOYLE

Tracey said: “We want to do well in the cups and while we’re winning games in the FA Cup to start thinking about getting to the first round proper is pie in the sky at the moment. There’s an awful lot of football to be played before then.

“Getting into the second qualifying round meant we could have drawn a Scunthorpe or a Chester and going away to either of those clubs could have put £15,000 or £20,000 into the club, which would be huge.

“Instead we go to Mossley and it’s only 20 minutes down the road. It should be a good game and we have another chance to go through to the next round.

“If we did that I’d certainly be looking for a decent draw and one that might put some money in the coffers. That would be a great reward for the run we’ve been on.

“In the FA Vase we have more of a realistic chance but it’s a really tough competition to win.

“We are looking for a good run in the FA Vase and, while it’s important that we fight on all fronts, we don’t want it to detract from the league.

“North Ferriby won the title last year and they went out of both cups early.

“The FA Cup is the most prestigious cup competition, of course, but the further you go the more difficulty it can cause as league matches have to be re-arranged and that could mean playing Saturday-Tuesday at the back end of the season.”