Giant-killers Hitson end Leeds' FA Cup hopes

 

Soccer - FA Cup: Blue Square Premier promotion chasers Histon won the biggest match in their history with a 1-0 victory over Leeds putting them into the draw for the FA Cup third round.

Postman Matthew Langston headed the only goal for the Cambridgeshire village side just before halftime and Leeds, winners of the competition in 1972 and three times English champions, failed to reply.
   
The closest Leeds came was a Lubomir Michalik effort that hit the post in the second half but Histon, who play in the Blue Square premier division, one rung below the professional ranks, held on for a famous victory.
   
Defeat was another blow for Leeds, who have fallen on hard times since reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2001. Since then, they have been relegated twice and are languishing in League One (third division).
   
Histon will play Championship (second division) Swansea City in the third round in January, not the high profile opponents they were hoping for.

Fellow non-leaguers Blyth Spartans will host Barclays Premier League side Blackburn if they win their replay against Bournemouth.

FA Cup holders Portsmouth were drawn at home to Bristol City while Liverpool will travel to Preston, Manchester United face a trip to Southampton, Chelsea host Southend and Arsenal entertain Plymouth.

Histon manager Steve Fallon looked on the draw as a chance to get to the fourth round.

"It's a good draw for us," he told ITV1. "Obviously, we wanted to be at home; that's all you want. You could have the big boys but Swansea are a big side in their own right.

"It's a good little tie for us and I'm sure we'll have a full house again and maybe a chance of getting to the fourth round."

Among the other stand-out ties in the third round, Coca-Cola Championship pace-setters Birmingham and Wolves will face each other at St Andrews.

The local rivals were involved in a pulsating 1-1 draw at Molineux on Saturday.

Blue Square Premier team Barrow were rewarded for their 2-1 victory over Brentford on Friday with a trip to Middlesbrough while there could be an all non-league tie with Notts County or Kettering hosting Eastwood Town.

Northern Premier League side Eastwood caused the shock of the day on Saturday with a 2-0 win over League Two leaders Wycombe while County and Kettering drew 1-1 24 hours later.

Brett Solkhon gave the non-league outfit the lead after 18 minutes but Sean Canham equalised 11 minutes before half-time.

Droylsden will travel to Ipswich if they win their tie against Chesterfield, which was abandoned because of fog with the Blue Square North side 1-0 up.

Three more Blue Square Premier sides are also in the third round with Kidderminster drawn away at Coventry, Torquay hosting Blackpool and Forest Green Rovers visiting Derby.

League Two Macclesfield were handed a glamour tie at home to Everton while last year's beaten finalists, Cardiff, host Reading.

Barnsley, who beat Liverpool and Chelsea last year, will have another chance to upset Premier League opposition when they travel to West Ham.

There are three all top-flight ties with Hull hosting Newcastle, Wigan travelling to Tottenham and Bolton visiting Sunderland, where they triumphed 4-1 in the league yesterday.

FA Cup third round draw:

Portsmouth v Bristol City
Sheffield Wed v Fulham
Preston v Liverpool
Birmingham v Wolves
West Ham v Barnsley
Middlesbrough v Barrow
Hull City v Newcastle
Hartlepool v Stoke
Chelsea v Southend
Manchester City v Nottingham Forest
Cardiff v Reading
Ipswich v Chesterfield or Droylsden
Charlton v Norwich
West Brom v Peterborough or Tranmere
Torquay v Blackpool
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Southampton v Manchester United
Millwall v Carlisle or Crewe
Histon v Swansea
Forest Green Rovers v Derby
QPR v Burnley
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Wigan
Morecambe or Cheltenham v Doncaster
Arsenal v Plymouth
Notts County or Kettering v Eastwood Town
Bournemouth or Blyth Spartans v Blackburn
Macclesfield v Everton
Watford v Scunthorpe
Sunderland v Bolton
Coventry v Kidderminster
Gillingham or Stockport v Aston Villa.

(Ties will be played on the weekend of January 3rd-4th)