Dream tie as keeper faces former Lane hero

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ROTHERHAM United may be out of the FA Cup but a former youngster of theirs finds himself pitched into the most high-profile third-round tie involving a non-league club.

Jonathan Hedge, once on Rotherham’s books as a talented young goalkeeper, will be Tamworth’s last line of defence when they go to Everton next month.

It is the sort of dream draw that Jonathan and his colleagues from the Blue Square Premier Bet club were hoping for after they won at Gateshead on Saturday with a dramatic stoppage time winner.

Jonathan commented: “We were all together watching the draw and I went mad when we came out after Everton. It’s the stuff dreams are made of.”

The 23-year-old was a trainee with the Millers but later went into non-league with Halifax, having two successful spells there, before joining Tamworth last summer. He has been their regular goalkeeper this season and is also in the England Non-League ‘C’ International squad.

He still lives in Rotherham, where he has his own goalkeeping school at Wath on Mondays, and travels daily to the West Midlands club.

An additional twist for Jonathan is that he is a big Sheffield United fan and Everton star Phil Jagielka was one of his favourite Blades players.