Hartlepool United boss: Blyth FA Cup tie can be a classic

Hartlepool United boss Paul Murray
Hartlepool United boss Paul Murray
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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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