Millers, Blades and Minstermen eye progress to Cup third round

CUP DELIGHT: Steve Evans's Rotherham United will face Rochdale at home in the second round of the FA Cup. Picture: James Hardisty.
CUP DELIGHT: Steve Evans's Rotherham United will face Rochdale at home in the second round of the FA Cup. Picture: James Hardisty.
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ROTHERHAM UNITED have been handed a plum home tie against Rochdale in the second round of the FA Cup.

Steve Evans’s team now have a great opportunity to reach the third round, having put themselves into the hat for Sunday’s draw following a comprehensive 3-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Bradford City at the New Ypork Stadium on Saturday.

But Keith Hill’s side - who won 2-0 at Torquay United on Saturday to book their place in the next phase - will provide stiff opposition, having enjoyed a promising start to the season in League Two which has left them sitting in fourth place.

Nigel Clough knows his team will have to hit the road in the second round, although they won’t know exactly where they are heading until next week once the outcome of the first round tie between Bury and Cambeidge United is known. The tie was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at Gigg Lane and will now be played on Tuesday, November 19.

York City - who earned a 3-3 draw in their first round match at Bristol Rovers on Friday night, know they will have home advantage in the second round if they win the replay at Bootham Crescent. Should they prevail, they will host League One.

Elsewhere, Skrill Premier high-flyers Kidderminster will be dreaming of a place in the third round after being drawn to face either Braintree or Newport.

The Midlands outfit completed a 4-1 win over Sutton on Saturday and will face the winner of the replay between League Two County and Skrill Premier rivals Braintree for a place in the hat when the Premier League and Championship clubs enter the fray.

Tamworth, who shocked Cheltenham in round one, host struggling Bristol City.

Shortwood, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, will play host to Salisbury if they can overcome Port Vale on Monday night, while Stourbridge have been handed a tougher test as they travel to Stevenage.

Lincoln City can set up an all non-league clash with Welling at Sincil Bank if they beat Plymouth in a replay while Wrexham will face Oxford or Gateshead and Brackley will travel to Macclesfield if they beat Gillingham at the second attempt.

In the remaining non-league interest, Dover face a tough trip to MK Dons, Grimsby will host Northampton if they overcome Scunthorpe in a replay and Boreham Wood will host Brentford if they overcome Carlisle.

FA Cup, second round draw (ties will be played over the weekend of December 7 and 8): Bury or Cambridge v Sheffield Utd, Wycombe Wanderers or Crewe v Preston North End, Shortwood or Port Vale v Salisbury City, Bristol Rovers or York City v Crawley, MK Dons v Dover Athletic, Boreham Wood or Carlisle United v Brentford, Macclesfield Town v Gillingham or Brackley, Chesterfield v Southend United, Oldham Athletic or Wolverhampton Wanderers v Mansfield Town, Rotherham United v Rochdale, Peterborough United v Tranmere Rovers, Hartlepool United v Coventry City, Kidderminster Harriers v Braintree Town or Newport, Lincoln City or Plymouth Argyle v Welling United, Wrexham v Oxford United or Gateshead, Fleetwood Town v Burton Albion, Grimsby or Scunthorpe United v Northampton Town, Leyton Orient v Walsall, Tamworth v Bristol City, Stevenage v Stourbridge.