ENGLISH FA CUP

Pilot Field

Referee: Mick Russell | Attendance: 4028

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Hastings Utd

  • Lee Carey 47' PEN

(5) 1 - 1 (4)

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Harrogate Town

  • Tom Platt 90'

Pitch battle already won, says Ray

Hastings United player-manager Sean Ray is confident his side's FA Cup second-round replay with Harrogate Town will go ahead.

The Ryman Premier Division side came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw in the original tie on a swamp of a pitch at Wetherby Road.

Ray says the replay will take place on a far superior surface and revealed there is no danger of the match falling foul of the freezing weather.

He said: ``The pitch is in superb condition. It will be completely different to what we played on at Harrogate. There's no danger of the match being off.''

Jamie Crelin (suspended) is the only absentee for the Arrows, while Tom Vickers, who missed the original tie through suspension, will return.

The victors of the match will be rewarded with a trip to npower Championship side Middlesbrough in the third round, but Harrogate Town will be denied the services of skipper Alan White.

The defender was dismissed in Town's recent match against Gainsborough and serves the second game of a four-match ban.

Fellow defender Shane Killock returned from injury in the original tie and is expected to retain his place having suffered no adverse reactions.

Leeds United loanee Lewis Turner, who was unavailable for the first clash, is expected to make the trip.

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