PICKERING Town manager Paul Marshall has called on Pikes fans to generate the “biggest crowd of the season” as their first-ever foray into the FA Trophy continues.

Droylsden are the visitors to Mill Lane tomorrow for the second round tie (3pm), having won their first-round replay 2-0 at Tadcaster Albion last Tuesday night to deny Marshall an early meeting with his former team.

The Pikes, meanwhile, eased through round one at the first time of asking when beating Evo-Stik League east division rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels 3-0, thanks to Josh Greening’s brace and a Joe Danby strike.

Marshall said of tomorrow's clash with the Manchester-based Evo-Stik west side: “It’s a big day for the club and we’re hoping a big crowd will turn out - we’re hoping for the biggest crowd of the season. It’s a history-making day for the club.

“It’s a shame it’s not against Taddy, because that would have been an even bigger day, but I watched Droylsden beat Taddy and they’re a decent side.”

The Pikes will be buoyed going into the game by their incredible comeback in their latest league outing - when they scored three times in a remarkable final five minutes to draw 4-4 at home to Frickley Athletic.

Nick Thompson had bagged the sole first-half goal for Pickering, who found themselves 4-1 down after 48 minutes.

An 86th-minute Ryan Blott penalty set the fightback in motion before 18-year-old Dan Davison and Billy Logan scored even later to see Pickering rise a place to 17th in the table.

“It was an amazing comeback, to be fair,” said Marshall. “And credit to the lads for sticking at it. The three substitutes Brad Freer, Dan Davison and Ged Dalton turned the game around.

“We were defensively poor again, but they were as well. We’ve got to defend better - we can’t do it, but other teams in the league can’t seem to either.

“But it makes for entertaining games.”

Scarborough Athletic extended their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik premier division to eight points with a 1-0 midweek win at Gainsborough Trinity thanks to James Walshaw's second-half header.

The Seadogs visit Workington in the FA Trophy first round on Saturday.

Selby Town visit East Yorkshire Carnegie in Northern Counties East League division one. The Robins beat Huddersfield Town Under-23s 5-4 on penalties in the West Riding County Cup second round in midweek, Sam Cable and Liam Flanagan having been on target in a 2-2 draw in normal time.

Second-placed in the premier division, Knaresborough Town host Bottesford tomorrow while basement side Harrogate Railway Athletic visit Goole AFC.

Harrogate Town lost 2-0 at Wrexham on Tuesday in their FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay. Tomorrow, the National League high-fliers visit strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge.

Tadcaster Albion have no game this weekend.