CALUM MCINTYRE says he excited about the challenge as his Chester side will look to maintain their run in this season’s FA Cup tomorrow.

The Blues, who recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat Peterborough Sports 3-2 in their latest National League North outing, will be underdogs to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup as they go to National League Hartlepool United in the fourth qualifying round.

However, boss McIntyre, who guided the Blues to wins over Tadcaster Albion and Nantwich Town in earlier rounds, is looking forward to the trip to the North East.

McIntyre told Chester FC TV: “We’re going to go there full of belief, recognising the opportunity that a chance to get in the first round proper of the FA Cup, to be in that draw on Monday, but it’s going to have to be the best version of us.

“All the bits we might have seen in flashes, the bits we’ve seen in moments.

“We need to make sure that the best version of ourselves goes there and why not?

“I was delighted with the draw. For our supporters, I’ll understand they probably wanted something a little bit more local. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to go and really test ourselves.”

Former Chester strikers Tom Crawford (pictured left) and Mani Dieswerve are now at Hartlepool and a double from the latter handed United their first home win in over a month with a 3-1 victory against Eastleigh last weekend.

Boss John Askey has been stressing how important the FA Cup is to his side and he told the club’s website: “The FA Cup is massive now for clubs. There’s so much money involved, so it’s important that we prepare properly for that, because it will be a tough game.”

Macclesfield, where Wrexham-born Robbie Savage is director of football, pay a visit to National League North Alfreton Town tomorrow, while Neil Young’s Marine go to National League AFC Halifax Town.

Other ties: Altrincham v Oldham; Bracknell v Dagenham; Bromley v Wealdstone; AFC Fylde v Leek; AFC Totton v Ramsgate; Aldershot v Lewes; Aveley v Barnet; Billericay v Sheppey; Boreham Wood v Welling; Braintree v Chesham; Chelmsford v Whitby; Chesterfield v Kettering; Cray Valley Paper Mills v Enfield; Curzon Ashton v Tamworth; Eastleigh v Dover; Ebbsfleet v Slough; Hemel Hempstead v Woking; Hereford v Rochdale; Horsham v Dorking; Kidderminster v Ashton; Scarborough v Oxford City; Solihull v Biggleswade; Stourbridge v Gateshead; Torquay v Maidstone; Weston-super-Mare v Maidenhead; Worksop v Boston; Worthing v Bath; Yeovil v Southend; York v Needham Market.

National League North fixtures: Blyth v Bishop’s Stortford; Brackley v Spennymoor; Darlington v King’s Lynn; Peterborough Sports v Banbury; Southport v Gloucester; Warrington v South Shields.