BOTTLE OF HASTINGS; Battle of the Minnows Ends All Square in Scrap for Big-Money Tie Fa Cup Second Round Fame Is the Spur for United Skipper Carey as He Dreams of Scalping His Hero Sandro
Byline: Richard Gibson
Harrogate 1 HASTINGS 1 by Richard Gibson LEE CAREY is dreaming of making Samba star Sandro the biggest scalp of his career after HASTINGS United survived to fight on for the chance of FA Cup glory.
Carey, captain of the Ryman League Premier outfit, hopes to be paired with his beloved Tottenham when the third round is drawn this afternoon, which would set him up for a midfield clash with the often bizarrely barneted Brazil international.
Both Harrogate Town and HASTINGS - the lowest-ranked club remaining in the competition - will go into the third -round hat after this thud-and-blunder lunchtime tie at Wetherby Road.
And Carey said: "By the law of averages, we are expecting a good draw. We missed out on rounds one and two where we got non-league teams, so hopefully we will pull a Premier League team.
Onslaught "I support Tottenham, so it would be lovely to get them away from home.
"I don't get to watch them very often, so it would be nice to get up close to them with the quality of players they have got.
"Sandro's a big bigger than me, so I will have to beat his ankles a little bit playing against him."
HASTINGS, who travelled north with just one defeat in 10 matches, survived an early onslaught as the Yorkshire team charged down the hill at will.
The 2,926 crowd was more than five times Town's previous biggest gate of the season, but the only cheer for those clad in black and yellow during the first half was on-loan midfielder Tom Platt's headed goal four minutes before the break.
Full-back Dave Merris's corner was helped back across the area by Town captain Alan White and Platt nodded down and in. Forward Chib Chilaka, the man whose goal knocked out Torquay in round Lincoln 3 Mansfield 3 Burton 1 two, ensured there were no doubts the ball had crossed the line.
Harrogate's rutted surface, which has been problematic since being relaid in the summer, was not conducive to intricate passing, which only added to the up-and-at-'em atmosphere as the North Yorkshire spa town hosted its biggest event since the Eurovision Song Contest 30 years ago.
Town striker Paul Beesley did have the ball in the net as early as the 11th minute but referee Mark Brown had already penalised midfielder Luke Dean for a sliding challenge on visiting goalkeeper Matt Armstrong-Ford. …