Cup hero Jonathan Franks aims for goal repeat against Blyth

GOAL HERO: Franks celebrates against East Thurrock
GOAL HERO: Franks celebrates against East Thurrock

GOALSCORER Jonathan Franks was the hero of the first round scoring twice as Hartlepool United beat non-league East Thurrock United.

The Pools forward is now looking to do the same against Blyth Spartans tonight.

By his own admission the 24-year-old should have scored five against the Rocks in the first round, a game Pools made hard work of before eventually winning 2-0 thanks to his brace.

But Franks insists the League Two side can take belief from the fact they have already overcome one potentially tricky cup tie this season ahead of the visit of Spartans.

“We are confident going into the match on the back of the win in the last round,” Franks told SportMail.

“It is good that we can put the league to one side for a week and concentrate on getting into the third round and it helps us having played a team from their level in the first round.

“We have done it once so we can do it again tonight.

“Everybody wants us to get beat but we have to go out there and disappoint everyone and get that win.

“We have a plan and have to put it to bed.

“We got a second goal which killed off East Thurrock in the first round and we need to do that again but we will show them respect and treat it like a normal game.

“If you play a League Two side then you work on what their strengths are etc and then work to your own game plan.

“This match is the same.

“The FA Cup is massive and everybody wants to play and score in the competition and I was really pleased to manage two in the last round.

“It is going to be a brilliant game,” who has three goals to his name this season, all of which have come in cup competitions.

Tonight’s match has an added pressure with it being live on the box but Franks says: “There is added pressure but it is also special with it being a local side and they will be up for it and full of energy.

“We have to match that.

“There are a few close links between the two clubs and I know Nathan Buddle, he was here at Pools a couple of years ago and he will have a point to prove no doubt.

“They will have watched us and we have watched them but at the end of the day it is 11 versus 11 and whoever comes out on top on the day.”