Blyth Spartans: FA Cup win reward for spirit - Tom Wade
Manager Tom Wade says Blyth Spartans' FA Cup success this season is testament to the harmony in their dressing room.
Seventh-tier Blyth are the lowest-ranked club in Monday's third-round draw after knocking out League Two strugglers Hartlepool United on Friday.
The part-time side had already beaten opposition from a higher division after eliminating Conference side Altrincham.
"Just to be in the third round for these lads - they deserve everything they get," Wade told BBC Newcastle.
|Non-league sides in the FA Cup third round draw (ball numbers in brackets)|
|*require a replay|
|Wrexham (47)||*Worcester City (48)|
|Blyth Spartans (52)||Southport (54)|
|Gateshead (55)||*Chester (58)|
|Dover Athletic (61)||*Aldershot Town (64)|
"A good draw in the third round - if we get a home draw, that'd be brilliant. If it's an away draw, one of the big boys so we can at least go out on a high."
A 90th-minute winner from Jarrett Rivers secured a 2-1 win for Blyth against Hartlepool, who sacked manager Paul Murray following their FA Cup exit.
Wade had described the first-round win against Altrincham as "the best of his career", but Friday's victory against the Football League's bottom side has eclipsed that.
"It was a very special night," he added.
"We were under the cosh at times but we were playing a professional side. We deserved the win on the effort alone."
Blyth defender Nathan Buddle, who began his career at Hartlepool, is one of three ex-Pools players in the squad.
"I knew if we came here with belief and confidence we could give them a go, but to actually do it is a another story completely," he told BBC Newcastle.
"To see all the fans behind the goal celebrating was outstanding and makes it all worth it."