DARLINGTON will take on Football League opposition in the first round of the FA Cup, but Hartlepool United face a wait to discover who their non-league opponents will be at the start of next month.

Quakers have been drawn away to League Two side Walsall in the first round proper, which is due to take place on the weekend of November 9.

It will be the first time Darlington have competed in the first round since 2010, with Alun Armstrong’s side having booked their place with a 3-0 win over Tamworth in the final qualifying round last weekend. It will also be Quakers’ fourth successive away tie in this season’s competition.

Hartlepool United will also be heading on their travels, with tonight’s first-round draw handing them a trip to either Haringey Borough or Yeovil Town.

The two sides’ qualifying game was abandoned at the weekend after Haringey goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat was reportedly spat at, hit by an object and subjected to racial abuse from supporters in the Yeovil end.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault yesterday morning, and the FA have ruled that the match will be replayed at Haringey Borough next Tuesday.

Sunderland will be involved in an all-League One first-round tie as they host Gillingham at the Stadium of Light.

Phil Parkinson’s side currently sit six places ahead of the Gills in the table, with the two sides due to meet in a league game at the start of December.

Harrogate Town were the region’s big non-league winners from tonight’s draw as they will entertain League One Portsmouth at Wetherby Road.

York City host fellow National League North side Altrincham in what could be one of the last FA Cup matches to be staged at Bootham Crescent – the Minstermen are due to move into their new ground before the end of the season – while Gateshead host Football League opposition in the shape of Oldham Athletic.

Whitby Town face a qualifying round replay against Stourbridge, and if they win it, they will host either Welling or Eastleigh in the first round.