FA Cup: Harrogate Town drawn at home to Hastings

Striker Chib Chilaka.
Striker Chib Chilaka.
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Harrogate Town will play Isthmian outfit Hastings United at home in the second round of the FA Cup.

The Wetherby Road men take on the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, who play a division below Town, on the weekend of December 1-2.

The draw was made live in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Ninteen Nineteen bar at the CNG Stadium on Sunday, and gives Town a more than decent chance at reaching the third round against possible Premier League opposition.

Town made history on Saturday when they beat League Two hosts Torquay United 1-0 on the English Riviera.

It’s the first time they have reached this stage of the competition, having been knocked out by Torquay seven years ago on penalties after a first round replay.

Striker Chib Chilaka was the hero of the day, pouncing on a slip by defender Kevin Nicholson to latch on to Tom Platt’s ball and score the only goal of the game.

The ex-Bradford City man is looking forward to the next round of the competition.

“It is a great tie for both clubs,” he said.

“To get to the third round would be amazing and I think a draw like this opens that up as a possibility.”