LONDON (AFP) – 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.
“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.