FA Draws 2017-18

The early round draws for the FA cup competitions were published today.
The details as they affect Whitstable Town are shown below:

The Emirates FA Cup

Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 5 August (winners receive £1,500)
Whitstable Town v Croydon

Preliminary Round Saturday 19 August (winners receive £1,925)
Whitstable Town or Croydon v Faversham Town

The Buildbase FA Vase

First Round Qualifying Saturday 9 September (winners receive £550, losers £175)
FC Elmstead v Whitstable Town

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 23 September (winners receive £725, losers £250)
FC Elmstead or Whitstable Town v Rochester United or Lancing

There are some familiar opponents, with both Croydon and Rochester United competing in the same division as Whitstable.

Local rivals Faversham Town are one step higher in the newly named Bostik League South Division.

FC Elmstead are a step lower in the Southern Counties East League First Division, where they finished 11th last season. They play their matches at Holmesdale FC in Bromley.

Lancing, from West Sussex, compete in the Southern Combination Football Premier Division and finished 12th last season.