Sunday, November 07, 2010
November 07, 2010
Manchester's two non-League FA Cup glory hunters FC United and Droylsden were both celebrating after they were handed the chance to perform further giant-killing heroics in the second round of the world’s most famous knockout competition.
FC’s prize for Friday’s historic 3-2 victory over Rochdale at Spotland is a November 27 trip south to meet either League One leaders Brighton or Woking, of Blue Square Bet South, who are due to meet in a first-round replay next Tuesday.
And Droylsden have been rewarded for knocking out fellow part-timers Havant and Waterlooville with a tempting home tie against either Dagenham and Redbridge or Leyton Orient – both currently struggling in League One.
Meanwhile, the second round draw yesterday also raised the prospect of a mouth-watering Greater Manchester derby.
Stockport will make the short journey to Gigg Lane to face neighbours Bury if they can see off Peterborough at the second attempt following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park.
Macclesfield appear to have the hardest route to round three of all the local Cup survivors as they must first get past Southend in a replay before facing a trip to either Huddersfield Town or Cambridge United.
Delighted Droylsden boss Dave Pace greeted news of the Bloods’ home draw by issuing a cheeky invitation to TV bosses to screen the Butcher’s Arms tie.
Pace, envious of the £67,500 FC United will bank from having their clash with Rochdale shown live by ESPN, said: “I’m over the moon that we’ll be at home at the next stage and, if the television people want to guarantee another great game to follow FC’s heroics, they should bring the cameras to our place. “Whether we end up meeting Leyton Orient or Dagenham, it’s a terrific draw for us.
“I’ve said all along what I really want is a Premier League team in the third round and this tie gives us a realistic opportunity to achieve that.”
Droylsden booked their second round ticket with John Hardiker and Ciaran Kilheeney on target in their 2-0 win at Havant – a victory which secures them an £18,000 prize from the FA to add to the £24,500 they’ll receive for having come through the Cup’s knockout stages.
Ex-Stockport centre-half Hardiker couldn’t have chosen a better time to score his first goal for the Bloods, breaking the deadlock in the 58th minute with a powerful header from Liam Browhill’s corner.
Kilheeney then wrapped up the win with his 11th goal of the season a minute from time, slotting in from six yards after David McNiven and substitute Domain Rouse had combined to set up the chance. Pace, whose in-form side return to Blue Square Bet North action with the visit of AFC Telford tonight (7.45pm) added: “I told the lads at half-time to go out and take what was rightfully theirs and that’s exactly what they did in the second-half.
“It’s great for Manchester that, in us and FC United, the city now has two non-League teams through.
“With four successive clean-sheets under our belts and eight wins and two draws in our last 10 games, it’s going to take something special to beat us.”
FC United manager Karl Marginson was similarly upbeat as he surveyed the prospect of taking his giant-killing Rebels to either Brighton or Woking.
He said: “Even though we’ll be away, it’s a decent draw for us and I’m sure our fans are already looking forward to another great day out. Nothing’s expected of us, so, wherever we go, we can enjoy it. If we play like we did against Rochdale, we'll give anyone a game.”