FA Cup: Harrogate Town drawn at home to Hastings

Striker Chib Chilaka.
Striker Chib Chilaka.

Harrogate Town will play Isthmian outfit Hastings United at home in the second round of the FA Cup.

The Wetherby Road men take on the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, who play a division below Town, on the weekend of December 1-2.

The draw was made live in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Ninteen Nineteen bar at the CNG Stadium on Sunday, and gives Town a more than decent chance at reaching the third round against possible Premier League opposition.

Town made history on Saturday when they beat League Two hosts Torquay United 1-0 on the English Riviera.

It’s the first time they have reached this stage of the competition, having been knocked out by Torquay seven years ago on penalties after a first round replay.

Striker Chib Chilaka was the hero of the day, pouncing on a slip by defender Kevin Nicholson to latch on to Tom Platt’s ball and score the only goal of the game.

The ex-Bradford City man is looking forward to the next round of the competition.

“It is a great tie for both clubs,” he said.

“To get to the third round would be amazing and I think a draw like this opens that up as a possibility.”