Always an exciting time when the fixtures get published – even if it is just for FA Competitions today, but the dreams begin.
I just got home and opened an email with all the details from Ryman League Secretary Bruce Badcock with all the FA draws. If you haven’t seen them yet we are at home to Bedford Town in the FA Cup 1st qualifying on 13 September. Bedford have been relegated for the past two years but got a reprieve at the end of last season and will start the news season in the Southern Premier League.
In the FA Trophy we are also at home to Croydon Athletic, who play in Ryman Division One South where they finished 13th last season. That game will be played on 18 October.
In the FA Youth Cup we have to travel to Welling United in the preliminary round (w/c 8 September) and the winners of that game will be away at Cockfosters (w/c 22 September). Should we come through those two away games we have a home tie in the 2nd Qualifying Round against either Thamesmead Town (who we narrowly beat last year), Northwood or Redbridge. That game is due week commencing 6 October.
Full details of all these draws can be found by clicking here.