Barrow AFC will not be treating the FA Trophy as a distraction to their pursuit of promotion from the National League, according to manager Ian Evatt.

The Bluebirds were drawn away at Northern Premier League side Atherton Collieries, who announced former player Brad Cooke as their new manager on Monday, in the first round of the competition, which will be taking place next weekend.

Between now and then, AFC will be welcoming Aldershot Town to Holker Street on Saturday, as they look to defend, or even extend, their three-point lead at the top of the league table.

With a busy Christmas schedule to follow the tie at Alder House, Evatt will have been forgiven for making changes to his line-up, but he is determined to pick up the win, and not just because it would finally be his first in one of the cup competitions since taking charge last year.

Evatt said: “I want to win every game I play, it’s that simple. Do I trust every single player in my squad?

“The answer’s yes, so maybe there will be opportunities for others, but that doesn’t necessarily weaken us.”

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