Jon McCarthy says it is 'unbelievable' that his Chester FC side have been handed another away clash in a cup competition.

The Blues will travel to either Witton Albion or Boston United, both lower league opposition, in round one of the FA Trophy next month but the Chester boss had hoped for a home encounter.

Chester have rarely been drawn at home in cup competition during McCarthy's association with the club, which goes back almost three years, with last season's FA Trophy second round clash the only time the Blues have been handed home advantage in either the FA Cup or FA Trophy since November 2013.

Witton and Boston's clash on Saturday was abandoned at half time due to fog but they will go again tomorrow night at Wincham Park, with a home game against the Blues the prize on offer.

And while McCarthy acknowledges that the draw could have been more cruel, the Blues boss bemoaned another away day.

Said the Blues boss: "Since I've been here, aside from the Hungerford game, we have never had a home draw. It's unbelievable.

"It could have been worse and we will be going in to the game, whoever it may be against, as favourites and one of the top 12 or so teams in the competition if you go on league standings.

"Witton is just round the corner from me so I know a lot about them. But whether it's Boston or Witton, we'll watch games and make sure we're fully prepared."

McCarthy knows just how financially beneficial a run in the FA Trophy can be, with £5,000 going to the winners of round one and £50,000 the prize on offer for the team the prevails at Wembley come the end of the season.

And with budgets tight at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium, a good run could prove hugely beneficial.

"We know that this is a great chance to achieve some success and to earn some money for the football club," he said.

"We weren't able to have a run in the FA Cup but the Trophy gives us a real chance."