The EBAC Northern League Management Committee has decided to run two separate cup competitions for Division One and Division Two.
Previously the plan was to run the Brooks Mileson League Cup which is for teams in both divisions, along with the Ernest Armstrong Cup which is just for Division Two clubs.
However, the two competitions were suspended before the first round matches due to uncertainty over the pandemic and the weather affecting the league fixture programme. The League Cup will now be replaced by a cup competition just for Division One clubs. This is due to the pressure of fitting all the ties for a competition for teams in both divisions alongside league matches, which are the priority.
The draw for this has been made, and Ashington will travel to Thornaby in a Second Round match on Wednesday 9th March.
The full draw is as follows