FA Cup second round draw: Hartlepool to face Blyth Spartans in North East derby

Jonathan Franks celebrates the first of his two goals against East Thurrock United. Picture by FRANK REID
Jonathan Franks celebrates the first of his two goals against East Thurrock United. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United manager Paul Murray says the North East derby against Blyth Spartans in the second round of the FA Cup has all the ingredients to be a classic.

Murray’s Pools side made it safely into the hat thanks to a 2-0 win over East Thurrock United in the first round at Victoria Park on Saturday.

The FA Cup.

The FA Cup.

A Jonathan Franks double secured victory over the Ryman Premier League side.

Northern Premier League Blyth Spartans pulled off an FA Cup first round shock as they beat Conference Premier side Altrincham 4-1 in the first round of the competition.

“It’s a great draw,” said Murray.

“It’s got all the ingredients to be a really fantastic FA Cup tie – we’re at home, it’s got local interest and I’m sure there’ll be a big crowd and a great atmosphere so it could be a tasty affair.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to progress, but I think playing East Thurrock will have been a good education for the players in letting them know that non-league teams can do well.”

The Pools boss gave Spartans front man Dan Maguire a short trial during his time as assistant manager at Oldham Athletic.

Murray added: “They will be well up for the game, we know that, and they have a goalscorer in Maguire who I know really well.

“We took him to Oldham and I know all about his goalscoring attributes so I am sure he will be coming to our place hoping to prove that point again,” said Murray who was talking to the club’s website.

The second round ties are due to be played over the weekend of Saturday, December 6 but there is a strong chance the North East derby fixture will be televised by either the BBC or BT Sport.

The Blyth squad contains two former Pools players – defender Nathan Buddle and midfielder Stephen Turnbull.

Speaking after the draw was made, Spartans boss Tom Wade, said: “It’s a great tie and I am sure will be a sell out.”

The two sides have met seven times in the competition’s history and Pools will be hoping for a similar result the last time the sides met - a 5-1 win at the Victoria Ground in 1961.

FA Cup Second Round draw:

Bristol City v Basingstoke/AFC Telford

Cambridge Utd v Mansfield/Concord Rangers

Cheltenham v Dover

Crewe/Sheff Utd v Plymouth

Bradford City v Dartford

Barnsley v Chester FC

Havant & Waterlooville/Preston v Walsall/Shrewsbury

Oldham v West Super Mare/Doncaster

Gateshead v Warrington

Dag & Red/Southport v Eastleigh

MK Dons v Chesterfield

Hartlepool v Blyth Spartans

Notts County/Accrington v Yeovil

Wycombe v York/AFC Wimbledon

Colchester v Peterborough

Scunthorpe v Worcester City

Wrexham v Stevenage/Maidstone

Bury v Luton Town

Oxford Utd v Tranmere

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