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Morecambe and Chester were paired together in the second round of the FA Cup after they each caused an upset in the first round.

Morecambe and Chester were paired together in the second round of the FA Cup after they each caused an upset in the first round.

Morecambe overcame Chesterfield 2-1 in dramatic fashion. Gary Thompson's goal three minutes into injury time took them through and eliminated a side who themselves caused an FA Cup stir by reaching the semi-finals in 1997.

"We've played League sides a few times over the last few years but haven't really done it," the Morecambe manager, Jim Harvey, said after the match. "But we've come close and we could feel this result coming. It's certainly historic because I've just been told it was 41 years since we last beat a Football League club away."

He added: "We restricted Chesterfield to very few chances and their assistant manager has just said to me that we're the best team they've played all year."

Morecambe have home advantage, with all second-round ties to be played on the weekend of 7 and 8 December.

Their fellow Nationwide Conference side Chester beat Colchester 1-0 at Layer Road, Chris Tate scoring the only goal for Mark Wright's side.

The other highlight of yesterday's draw saw Harrogate Railway of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division pitched against Second Division Bristol City at Station View. Railway came from behind to beat Slough on Saturday and will hope to provide Bristol City with a tougher test than Heybridge Swifts, who succumbed to a 7-0 home defeat to the Robins.

There will be at least three non-League teams going into the third-round draw with the prospect of facing one of the Premiership giants. Southport were drawn at home to Farnborough, 5-1 conquerors of Harrogate's other team, Town, after they knocked out Second Division Notts County.

The winner of the replay between Tiverton and Crawley will be at home against Dagenham & Redbridge in the next round.

FA CUP SECOND-ROUND DRAW
Morecambe v Chester
Shrewsbury v Barrow
Harrogate Railway v Bristol City
Darlington v Stevenage
Oldham or Burton v Cheltenham
Macclesfield v Vauxhall Motors or QPR
Scarborough or Cambridge v Northampton
Forest Green or Exeter v Kidderminster or Rushden
Southport v Farnborough
Tiverton or Crawley v Dagenham & Redbridge
Bristol Rovers or Runcorn v Rochdale
Wigan v Luton
Stockport v Plymouth
Southend or Hartlepool v Bournemouth
Oxford v Swindon
York or Swansea v Brentford
Leyton Orient or Margate v Tranmere or Cardiff
Scunthorpe v Carlisle
Blackpool v Torquay
Crewe v Mansfield

Ties to be played on weekend of 7-8 December.

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