Terriers to face Spartans in FA Cup

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BEDLINGTON Terriers joint manager Tony Lowery is looking forward to a return to his former club in the FA Cup come October 1.

Terriers were drawn away against local rivals Blyth Spartans in the second qualifying round on Monday, and the former assistant manager is more than happy with the fixture.

“I’s a great game for us,” he said.

“Blyth are two leagues above us, and it does not get any closer as far as a derby game is concerned.

“It will be a big game for us, there will be a decent crowd and it will be tough.”

Lowery admits he would have loved a home tie having played the last three games in the competition at Welfare Park.

“We have been lucky with the draws at home so far, but Blyth is the next best thing,” he added.

“We have come through three rounds to get to this stage but this will be Blyth’s first game.

“It will be an interesting one as we have four or five ex-Blyth players at Bedlington.

The Terriers will travel to Croft Park on Saturday, October 1.

Meanwhile, if Ashington see off Shildon in their first qualifying round replay on Tuesday night, they will welcome Vauxhall Motors to Woodhorn Lane in the next round.