Kent clubs learn FA Cup fate
Kent clubs learn FA Cup fate

The draw for the First Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup has been made, and there are twelve ties which will involve Kent sides.

With the Isthmian Premier Division sides entering at this stage, the draw has drawn up some intriguing ties which will be played next week – Monday 21st; Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd.

The draw also though leaves two Kent sides stratching their heads following bizarre Preliminary Round ties at the weekend.

Simon Halsey’s Hollands & Blair were removed from the draw after not going to Sussex on Saturday to play a Burgess Hill Town side who had players confirmed with the COVID19 virus, whilst Micky Collins’ Sevenoaks Town side still don’t know if they are through or not following the half time abandonment of their tie with CB Hounslow United.

There are some mouth watering ties for some of the Kent sides – Richard Styles will take his Tunbridge Wells side to White Hart Lane, but not to face the side he supports, but Cup Giantkillers from last season Haringey Borough, whilst Deal Town’s “reward” for Saturday’s trouncing of Sittingbourne is a trip to face Chipstead.

Of Kent’s three Isthmian Premier sides coming into the draw, Folkestone will travel to Wingate & Finchley, Cray Wanderers welcome Fisher to Hayes Lane, whilst Margate host Hayes & Yeading.

Our surviving Isthmian South East clubs will have mixed feelings on the draw – James Collins must take his Faversham side to face Carshalton Athletic whilst Ashford United – who beat Whitehawk 2-0 at Homelands on Saturday – are at home again; this time to Bracknell Town.

Elsewhere, Cray Valley’s reward for putting six past VCD on Saturday “is scheduled” to be a home tie with Burgess Hill – but surely that will change as we’ve already covered!

For the record, if the authorities decide that the Sevenoaks v Hounslow result will stand (it was 3-0 to the home side when the game was called off), Micky Collins’ side will be heading for Newhaven.

There are five SCEFL sides left – we’ve already heard that Tunbridge Wells and Deal Town both travel (to Haringey and Chipstead respectively) and of the others, only Chatham Town are at home as Scott Lindsay’s side welcome Combined Counties side Southall to Maidstone Road.

Sheppey United’s reward for beating Uxbridge is a trip to Steyning Town Community whilst Erith & Belvedere are also on the road to Hartley Witney of the Southern League Premier.