Prized Middlesbrough FA Cup tie is up for grabs

A TRIP to Middlesbrough is the prize awaiting either Harrogate Town or Hastings United in the FA Cup third round.

The Wetherby Roaders must travel to Hastings a week tomorrow to complete the job after their home second round tie ended in a 1-1 draw.

On-loan York City midfielder Tom Platt headed Harrogate into a 41st-minute lead against Hastings, the lowest ranked team left in the competition.

However, the visitors bossed the second half and secured a replay when Jamie Crellin pounced on a rebound the level in the 61st minute.

The home side could have snatched the tie late on, but were denied by the woodwork.

A crowd of 2,986 packed into Wetherby Road for Town’s first excursion into the second round of the famous knockout competition.

Leeds United, who were 4-2 winners at Huddersfield in the npower Championship on Saturday, have been drawn at home to Birmingham.

FA Cup, round 3 draw: Crystal Palace v Stoke, Brighton v Newcastle, Tottenham v Coventry, Wigan v Bournemouth, Fulham v Blackpool, Aston Villa v Ipswich, Charlton v Huddersfield, Barrow/Macclesfield v Cardiff, Barnsley v Burnley, Manchester City v Watford, Swansea v Arsenal, Leicester v Burton, Millwall v Preston, Cheltenham/Hereford v Everton, Derby v Tranmere, Crawley v Reading, Aldershot v Rotherham/Notts County, Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town/Hastings, Accrington/Oxford v Sheffield Utd, Southampton v Chelsea, QPR v West Brom, Peterborough v Norwich, Lincoln/Mansfield v Liverpool, Bolton v Sunderland, Nottingham Forest v Oldham, West Ham v Manchester Utd, Hull v Leyton Orient, Blackburn v Bristol City, Leeds Utd v Birmingham, Bury/Southend v Bradford/Brentford, Luton v Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons.

Ties to be played on the weekend of January 5 and 6.

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