Hartlepool United v Blyth Spartans: FA Cup tie excites Nathan Buddle

Nathan Buddle
Buddle failed to make a first-team appearance for Hartlepool

Blyth Spartans defender Nathan Buddle is delighted to have drawn former club Hartlepool United in the second round of the FA Cup.

Buddle, 21, was released by Pools without making a first-team appearance in 2013, and joined Blyth that summer after a trial.

The Amble-born centre-back played in Sunday's 4-1 win against Altrincham that booked Blyth's place in round two.

"I'm over the moon, it's exactly what I wanted," Buddle told BBC Newcastle.

"I couldn't believe it, I had a drink in my hand but I had to put it down and I've spent the last 10 minutes jumping up and down around the room.

"It's absolutely magic."

Having been drawn at home for the first time in the Cup in the last round, Blyth are again on the road for the Hartlepool tie.

Both Buddle and team-mate Stephen Turnbull have played for Pools, and know what to expect at Victoria Park.

"It's going to be a factor (being away from home) but I'm sure there will be plenty of Spartans supporters down at Hartlepool to support us," added Buddle.

"It would have been nice to have been at Croft Park, but they've got a good following and hopefully we'll take a few down there to match them."

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