Swans visit scant reward for giant-killing Histon

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Histon's stunning win over Leeds yesterday did not bring them the reward in the FA Cup third round they were hoping for. The Blue Square Premier side were handed a home tie with Swansea.

Fellow non-leaguers Blyth Spartans will host Blackburn if they win their replay against Bournemouth. The 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's victory at a wet Glassworld Stadium came courtesy of Matthew Langston, who headed in Gareth Gwillim's cross in the 39th minute. Histon dominated the first half and could have gone into the break further ahead, but they had to withstand a barrage of pressure in the second half. L'ubomir Michalik twice came within a whisker of equalising for Leeds, first seeing his shot cannon back off a post, then a fierce drive headed off the line by Jack Midson late on.

Fellow Blue Square Premier team Barrow were rewarded for their 2-1 victory over Brentford on Friday with a trip to Middlesbrough, while Eastwood Town, who beat the League Two leaders Wycombe 2-0 on Saturday, face a potential Nottinghamshire derby against Notts County, provided the latter beat Kettering in a replay.

Droylsden will travel to Ipswich if they win their tie against Chesterfield, which was abandoned on Saturday 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 at home to Derby.

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 on Saturday.

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 v Newcastle, Hartlepool v Stoke, Chelsea v Southend, Man City v Nottingham Forest, Cardiff v Reading, Ipswich v Chesterfield/Droylesden, Charlton v Norwich, West Brom v Peterborough/ Tranmere, Torquay v Blackpool, Leyton Orient v Sheffield United, Southampton v Man United, Millwall v Carlisle/Crewe, Histon v Swansea, Forest Green v Derby, QPR v Burnley, Leicester v Crystal Palace, Tottenham v Wigan, Morecambe/ Cheltenham v Doncaster, Arsenal v Plymouth, Notts County/Kettering v Eastwood, Bournemouth/Blyth v Blackburn, Macclesfield v Everton, Watford v Scunthorpe, Sunderland v Bolton, Coventry v Kidderminster, Gillingham/Stockport v Aston Villa

Ties to be played weekend of 3-4 January