Blyth handed local derby in draw


Published: Monday 10th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Evo-Stik League Premier Division Blyth Spartans have been handed a local derby in the FA Cup second round as they travel to face Hartlepool.

The seventh-tier outfit overcame Altrincham at the weekend and will now make the short trip to face a Pools side who sit bottom of Sky Bet League Two.

The lowest ranked team left in the competition are Warrington of Evo-Stik Division One North and they have been handed a trip to Vanarama Conference Gateshead as reward for defeating League Two Exeter.

Spartans boss Tom Wade is now looking forward to a sell-out clash over the weekend of December 5, 6 and 7.

“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 go there and give everything we’ve got.”

Warrington manager Shaun Reid was glad to avoid a league team and was confident his side would approach the match in the same manner as they did their first-round tie.

“It’s a good draw for us,” he said. “They’re a decent side.

“We’ve just got to go about it the way we went the other day.”

He added: “We can’t go into any game with fear. We’re in the FA Cup and that thing over there just brings out the best in people.

“We’ll go (there) confident and give a good account of ourselves and have a right good go.”

Conference North Worcester were another of the weekend’s giant killers as they knocked out League One Coventry and they will next face more third-tier opposition in Scunthorpe.

“It’s another tough draw on the road again,” said manager Carl Heeley.

“We’re just delighted to be here, same as yesterday, just go and give a good account of ourselves and you never know, it’s a magic competition.

“We’re in there and we’ve every chance. There’s no fear for us there.”

Ryman League Premier Division outfit Maidstone United face a replay against Stevenage and should they come through that they face a trip to north Wales to take on Wrexham.

Basingstoke also face a replay against Telford and the winner of that has been handed a trip to Ashton Gate to face the highest-ranked team in the draw, Bristol City.

Concord Rangers saw their match against Mansfield postponed and the winner of that will travel to Cambridge, while fellow sixth-tier side Weston-super-Mare will travel to Oldham should they overcome Doncaster in their postponed tie.

Conference South Havant and Waterloovile face Preston in the first round and the winner of that tie has a home draw against Walsall or Shrewsbury.

Published: Monday 10th November 2014 by The News Editor

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