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Blyth Spirit: Spartans downed by Birmingham

Two goals in the first half had Blyth Spartans FC dreaming of an FA Cup upset, but Birmingham City came back strong in the second half to equalise then take the lead.

Part-time barman Robbie Dale scored both goals towards the end of the first half, to the delight of the horde of home fans in the 4,400 capacity stadium.

Lee Novak got Birmingham City on the scoreboard early in the second half before two goals from Wes Thomas sealed their place in the fourth round.

Full match report from ITV Sport. Blyth Spartans FC 2 - 3 Birmingham City

Blyth Spartans fans arrive for FA cup tie against Birmingham

Blyth Spartans fans arrive at Croft Park for FA Cup third round tie against Birmingham. Credit: Owen Humphreys/Press Association Images

Blyth Spartans fans have arrived at Croft Park dressed as Spartans in full support of their team as they face Birmingham City.

Some introduced themselves to the opposition's manager, Gary Rowett ahead of the FA cup third round tie, which kicks off at 3pm.

Fans dressed as Spartans ready to cheer on Blyth Spartans in FA cup third round tie. Credit: Owen Humphreys/Press Association Images
Blyth Spartans fans out to support team as they take on Birmingham at Croft Park. Credit: Owen Humphreys/Press Association Images
Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett meets Blyth Spartans fans ahead of the FA cup tie. Credit: Owen Humphreys/Press Association Images


Gateshead FC prepare for FA cup third round

Non-league Gateshead FC take on Premier League side West Brom in the third round of the FA cup this afternoon.

The club has tweeted from the changing rooms and the pitch as players make their final preparations.

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns has also wished them luck.

York City out of the FA Cup

Credit: York City

AFC Wimbledon 3-1 York:

York City have been knocked out of the FA Cup by AFC Wimbledon in a first round replay.

AFC Wimbledon came from behind to book a place in the second round thanks to two late goals from striker Matt Tubbs.

York took a fifth-minute lead after a 30-yard volley from Wes Fletcher and held until Jack Smith found the equaliser for the Dons at 71 minutes.

Wimbledon, who had drawn 1-1 at York in the original tie, will travel to Wycombe Wanderers in round two of the FA Cup.


FA Cup draw delivers potential North East clash

Gateshead could have a potential North East derby match with Shildon in the FA Cup First Round.

The Heed will travel to Dean Street to face Shildon if the County Durham side can overcome Norton in Wednesday's fourth qualifying round replay.

The remaining First Round ties involving North East clubs are as follows:

  • Basingstoke or Harrow Borough v Spennymoor Town or AFC Telford
  • Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
  • Hartlepool United v East Thurrock
  • Norton or Shildon v Gateshead
  • York v AFC Wimbledon

Hopes high as Sunderland arrive in Hull for FA Cup quarter final

Gus Poyet and his team have arrived in Hull ahead of this afternoon's FA Cup quarter final. A victory would give Sunderland another trip to Wembley.

Gus Poyet acknowledges fans as he arrives at the KC Stadium in Hull Credit: Richard Sellers/PA
Lee Cattermole is applauded by Sunderland fans as the team arrives in Hull Credit: Richard Sellers/PA
Fans are daring to dream of another trip to Wembley Credit: Richard Sellers/PA
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