HARTLEPOOL United boss Paul Murray says the FA Cup draw has all the ingredients to be a classic.
Pools made it safely into the hat for last night’s draw thanks to a 2-0 win over East Thurrock United in the first round at Victoria Park.
A Jonathan Franks double secured victory over the Ryman Premier League side.
The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side, meanwhile, pulled off an FA Cup first round shock as they beat Conference Premier side Altrincham 4-1.
Their reward was a second round tie away to Sky Bet League Two side Pools.
“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 frontman 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,”
The Blyth squad includes two former Pools players – defender Nathan Buddle and midfielder Stephen Turnbull – while goalkeeper Peter Jeffries is Hartlepool-born.
The seventh-tier Northumberland outfit outgunned Conference side Altrincham and will now make the short trip to face a Pools side bottom of League Two.
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