KENDAL Town have been handed a money-spinning FA Cup draw as they travel to FC United of Manchester in the Third Qualifying Round a week on Sunday.

With gate receipts split 50-50 in cup games, Town could make as much as £15,000 if they beat FC United at Gigg Lane, the home of Bury football club, with half the money coming through prize money should they win, and half through ticket sales.

Town booked the tie after coming from two goals down to beat Witton Albion 4-2 on Saturday, and they have a good record against FC United, winning three of the last four games between the sides.

FC United, who survived a late comeback to beat Salford City 3-2 in the Second Qualifying Round, went on a memorable FA Cup run in 2010-11. They beat Rochdale in the FA Cup First Round Proper 3-2 before losing to Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0 in a replay, having drawn 1-1 with them in the original game.

Chairman Haydon Munslow said that money won from the club’s cup run would go into developing the playing squad at the club.

“This game is almost like a cup final,” said Munslow.

“We have not always had the luck of the draw but this is a great opportunity for us to go on a cup run and it’s great for the players to play in front of what will be a big crowd I’m sure.”

The money could continue to roll into the club should they defeat Cammell Laird in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.

A pot of £2,550 is available to the victor.

It rounded off a fantastic week for the Parkside Road club with the signing of highly-rated striker Chris Mason from Guiseley, who are currently second in the Blue Square North.

With striker Josh Kenworthy a long-term casualty, the 21-year-old will provide manager Lee Ashcroft with more options to go with last week’s signing Sefton Gonzales, Alex Taylor and Kevin Leadbetter.

The former Welsh Premier League player has signed on loan until Christmas, with the option of extending his stay until the end of the season.

He only signed for Guiseley towards the end of last season from Welsh club Bala Town but he has struggled to make the first team this campaign.

Mason, who started his career at Bury and has also played for Chorley and Swedish club AngelF, is not cup tied and will be available to play in all competitions.

Munslow added: “We’re very excited about signing Chris and thanks to the hard work of everybody at the club we feel like we’re turning a bit of a corner at the moment.”