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.
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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