Micky Mellon is encouraging his Latics create FA Cup memories and magic this weekend.

Oldham Athletic’s reward for overcoming Altrincham in the fourth qualifying round was a trip to League Two Newport County this afternoon.

Relishing the challenge of testing themselves against Football League opposition, Mellon is daring to dream about this round and beyond, and says his players should too.

"The importance of doing well in the FA Cup is massive for everybody because it's a great tournament and it gives us the opportunity to get that bit of magic and it's important that we understand it's great for the supporters to think we can get to a stage in this competition where we can fill Boundary Park with a big club coming here, because that's what we want to do. The opportunity's there for us to try to do that,” said the Oldham boss.

"Of course there is a difficult game coming up at Newport, who are a level above us and we're working towards trying to close that gap and getting back in and among those clubs. It gives us an opportunity again to see where we're at as a team competing against a team from a level above. So we'll learn more about ourselves during the game. But absolutely it's about trying to get that (magic).

“Being a supporter of a football club is about memories and creating those memories is what we can try to do for those supporters.

"If we can get through this tie, which will be a difficult tie, and go into the hat for the next round, it gets us closer to that opportunity that we all want for the supporters, and that's to create memories for them and get a good tie here and hopefully see their team from a higher level at a full ground, and performing well.

"That's the challenge, to try to satisfy that need - if you like - for the supporters that they want to see this place rocking, so we'll be fighting to try to achieve that.”