Belfast Telegraph

Whitehawk can dream of a FA Cup date with Everton

By Robert Jones

Part-timers Whitehawk have been handed a possible trip to Everton in the draw for the third round of the FA Cup.

The sixth-tier side, who are on their best run in the competition in their history, will make the trip to Goodison Park if they get through their second-round replay at home to League Two Dagenham & Redbridge.

The third-round draw, made last night in Cardiff, also sees Jurgen Klopp's first FA Cup tie as Liverpool boss take him to League Two Exeter.

Holders Arsenal, looking to win the trophy for a third successive year, will face Sunderland at home.

The two sides met in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with the Gunners recording a 3-1 victory.

Whitehawk were one of four non-league teams to feature in the draw.

The lowest-ranked among them, Salford City, will host Championship high-fliers Derby if the seventh-tier outfit get past Hartlepool in their second-round replay.

Eastleigh, the only one of the quartet to have made it through outright, were handed a home tie against Neil Lennon's Championship basement boys Bolton, while the draw also pitted the winner of Grimsby's second-round clash against Shrewsbury - who drew 0-0 last night - against Cardiff away.

As well as the Arsenal v Sunderland game, there are four other all-Premier League ties, with the pick seeing surprise leaders Leicester City travelling to fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The others are Norwich City v Manchester City, Southampton v Crystal Palace and Watford v Newcastle United.

Manchester United host League One Sheffield United and Chelsea will play the winner of Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe at Stamford Bridge.

Other notable fixtures include rock-bottom Premier League side Aston Villa's trip to Wycombe, who reached the 2001 semi-final, and Leeds' clash with Rotherham at Elland Road, where respective managers Steve Evans (pictured) and Neil Redfearn will both be facing their old clubs.

That game is one of six all-Championship matches in the draw.

The ties will be played on the weekend of January 8 to 11.

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