WREXHAM won't know their FA Trophy opponents until next Tuesday night but Dean Keates was just happy to be handed a home tie in the third round.

The Reds will begin their Trophy campaign at The Racecourse against one of three lower division teams - Leamington, Grantham Town or St Ives Town - on Saturday December 19.

Grantham host St Ives Town in the first round tonight and the winners will travel to Leamington in round two on Tuesday night, the same day Wrexham are back in National League action against Weymouth.

When they return from the midweek clash at the Bob Lucas Stadium, Wrexham will discover who they will face in the Trophy four days later.

"It's a home draw so at least we know where we are playing," said Keates, who may opt to field fringe players such as Dan Jarvis and Devonte Redmond in the cup competition.

"Up until 10pm next Tuesday night, we are not going to know who it is against.

"It is what it is on that side. Everybody is adapting to the pandemonium that we are in with Covid.

"It is all up in the air so the FA are trying to make it work as well they can but at least we know we are at home."

Keates welcomed the Football Association's decision to give clubs some idea who their opponents will be and whether they will be home or away.

"A few weeks ago, I was told that we wouldn't know the draw until after the game at Weymouth," added Keates.

"The FA have been proactive and dealt with it a little bit different so at least we know where we are.

"You could imagine coming back from Weymouth having drawn South Shields away or somewhere like that on the Tuesday night.

"You aren't going to be able to sort your arrangements out at that time on a Tuesday, so it is all systems go on the Wednesday morning to get your coach sorted.

"At least doing it this way, it gives clubs a chance to get themselves prepared as well as they can regarding travel if you are away and have the longest possible journey in your draw."