Stockport face Lancaster City this weekend in the FA Trophy 1st round, with the Hatters now only seven games from a potential Wembley appearance.
With County out of the FA Cup, the competition is now the last opportunity for the club to play at the national stadium during the coming season.
And with a potential prize fund of over £100,000 for the winners, the competition is taken seriously at every level of non-league football.
Last season, York City’s success in the competition allowed them to remain full-time for the coming year, with the Minstermen well-placed to challenge for promotion again this year.
County fans will hope that success in this years cup will bring benefits both on and off the pitch. With many expected to travel to Lancaster this weekend, the Hatters will be well-supported as they aim to reach round two.
Prize fund breakdown:
Third Round Qualifying winners (40) £5,000 – Beat Southport 3-0.
First Round Proper winners (32) £6,000
Second Round Proper winners (16) £7,000
Third Round Proper winners (8) £8,000
Fourth Round Proper winners (4) £10,000
Semi-Final winners (2) £20,000
Final runners-up (1) £30,000
Final winners (1) £60,000