Blyth spirit sets up FA Cup derby
11 November 2014, 13:21
London - Non-League Blyth Spartans were handed a local north-east derby tie away to Hartlepool when the draw for the second round of the English FA Cup was made on Monday.
The seventh-tier side, who beat Altrincham at the weekend, will now face a Hartlepool side who are bottom of English football's fourth division League Two -- the lowest rung of fully professional football in the country.
Spartans manager Tom Wade is now looking forward to a sell-out clash over the weekend of December 5-7.
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"There'll be a lot there," he told BBC Two. "It'll probably be a sell out. We'll be looking forward to it.
"We'll play anybody, we're in the hat, we've got a chance. I think everybody has got a chance and we've just got to there and give everything we've got."
It is in the third round that teams from the Premier League and the second-tier Championship enter the FA Cup, the oldest major knockout cup competition in world football which dates back 143 years.
2nd rd draw
Oxford United v Tranmere
Bury v Luton
Wrexham v Stevenage or Maidstone
Scunthorpe v Worcester
Colchester v Peterborough
Wycombe v York or AFC Wimbledon
Notts County or Accrington v Yeovil
Hartlepool v Blyth Spartans
Milton Keynes Dons v Chesterfield
Dagenham and Redbridge or Southport v Eastleigh
Gateshead v Warrington
Oldham v Weston Super Mare or Doncaster Rovers
Preston North End v Walsall or Shrewsbury
Barnsley v Chester
Bradford City v Dartford
Crewe Alexandra or Sheffield United v Plymouth Argyle
Cheltenham v Dover
Cambridge United v Mansfield or Concord Rangers
Bristol City v Basingstoke or AFC Telford
Portsmouth or Aldershot v Northampton or Rochdale
Ties to be played from December 5-8