The early round draws for the FA cup competitions were published today.
Following our relegation to the Southern Counties East Football League (a Step 5 league), we now enter the FA Cup one round earlier than the Ryman League clubs.
We also compete in the FA Vase rather than the FA Trophy.
The details for those rounds drawn are as follows:
The Emirates FA Cup
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 6 August
Whitstable Town v Oakwood
Preliminary Round Saturday 20 August
Whitstable Town or Oakwood v Raynes Park Vale or Eastbourne Town
The FA Vase
First Round Qualifying Saturday 10 September
Whitstable Town v Chichester City
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 24 September
Whitstable Town or Chichester City v Sheppey United
We have been drawn at home for all of the ties. Some brief information on the other teams is given below.
Oakwood are based in Crawley and compete in the Southern Combination Football League (once known as the Sussex League) Division One (Step 6), where they finished 3rd last season.
Raynes Park Vale from South West London play in the Combined Counties Football League (Step 5) and finished in 15th place last season.
Eastbourne Town, former Ryman South opponents of ours, are now in the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division (Step 5). They finished last season with 86 points and were runners up to Horsham, who have been promoted back into the Ryman League.
Chichester City also compete in the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division and finished last season in 5th place with 74 points
Sheppey United are now in the same league as us after gaining promotion by finishing last season as runners up to Bearsted in the Kent Invicta League, which has now become the SCEFL Division One.