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Jarid Robson scored Cambridge City's second goal in the FA Cup win over Halesowen Town. Picture: David Johnson
Jarid Robson scored Cambridge City's second goal in the FA Cup win over Halesowen Town. Picture: David Johnson

Cambridge City will face a long trip to the North East in the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Lilywhites’ reward for their 2-0 win over Halesowen Town on Tuesday night is a trip to Darlington FC on Saturday, October 24.

Fan-owned Darlington FC are in the Vanarama National League North, and play at Blackwell Meadows.

City have already played four matches in this season's competition, entering in the preliminary round.

They defeated Biggleswade Town, Stowmarket Town on penalties, Cheshunt and most recently Halesowen Town, when Mikey Davis and Jarid Robson were on target.

Darlington joined the FA Cup in the second round, and also needed spot-kicks to progress, beating Prescot Cables 5-4 in sudden death after the match finished 2-2, and they then beat Tadcaster Albion 6-1 on Tuesday night in the third round.

The Prescot Cables match was Darlington's first competitive fixture of the new season after the delayed start to the National Leagues, and they have so far suffered defeats to AFC Fylde and Kidderminster Harriers.

It is the first time that City have reached the fourth qualifying round since they faced AFC Totton in 2012, which they won 3-2 to set up a clash with MK Dons.

The disappointing news for City supporters is that as Darlington are at Step 2 of the FA National League system, they are deemed to be an “elite club” and so under government guidelines the match must be played behind closed doors.

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