Poppies and Diamonds must both travel in the cup

Kettering Town boss Marcus Law. Picture by Peter Short
Kettering Town boss Marcus Law. Picture by Peter Short

The first round qualifying draw of the FA Cup has brought away days for Kettering Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

The Poppies take to the road to face Northern Premier League First Division South side Romulus in their tie while Diamonds must go to Tividale who are based near Dudley.

Their hosts have won both their league matches and sit seventh in the West Midlands Regional League.

The matches will take place on Saturday, September 2.

Kettering boss Marcus Law said: "It will be a tough match for us. They are a strong outfit and play on a 4G pitch.

"They play at the level below us but I've known Richard Evans (the Romulus joint-manager) from way back - right back at the start of my managerial career - and I know they'll be tough to beat.

"I'll look forward to reuniting with him there."