Rye handed East Preston trip

Andy Atkin scored Rye United's opening goal in the 3-0 win over Cove on Saturday. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
Andy Atkin scored Rye United's opening goal in the 3-0 win over Cove on Saturday. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
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Rye United have been handed a trip to East Preston in the draw for the FA Vase third round proper, which was made this lunchtime (Monday).

The all-Sussex County Football League Division One tie is scheduled to take place at The Lashmar on Saturday December 7 with a place in the last 32 at stake for the winners.

EP are 10 points clear at the top of the league having won 12 and drawn one of their 13 matches. Rye are down in 12th, some 22 points behind their opponents with a game in hand. The teams were ironically due to meet in the league on the same date as the Vase tie.

Rye booked their place in the last 64 for the third time in four seasons courtesy of a 3-0 victory at home to Cove on Saturday, while EP went one better with a 4-0 success away to Knaphill.

The draw means that the Sussex County League is guaranteed to be represented in the national competition come the new year. The other Sussex team still going, Eastbourne United AFC, will visit Cray Valley or South Park.

Full draw:

1 Winsford United v Bridlington Town or Spennymoor Town

2 West Auckland Town v Billingham Synthonia

3 Brighouse Town v Whickham

4 Staveley MW v Morpeth Town

5 Jarrow Roofing Boldon CA v Newcastle Benfield

6 Ashington v Thackley

7 Whitley Bay v Dunston UTS

8 Congleton Town v AFC Mansfield or Huntingdon Town

9 Blaby & Whetstone Athletic v Causeway United

10 AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Graham St Prims

11 Holwell Sports v Coleshill Town

12 Spalding United v Wisbech Town

13 Alvechurch v Westfields

14 St Andrews v Bolehall Swifts

15 Great Wakering Rovers v Hullbridge Sports

16 East Preston v Rye United

17 Hanwell Town v Lordswood

18 Ampthill Town v Beckenham Town

19 Brightlingsea Regent v Colney Heath

20 Ashford United v Tring Athletic

21 South Park or Cray Valley (PM) v Eastbourne United

22 Hadleigh United v Ely City or Welwyn Garden City

23 Norwich United v Erith Town

24 Tunbridge Wells v Hanworth Villa

25 Haringey Borough v Brantham Athletic

26 Moneyfields v Bitton

27 Plymouth Parkway v Hallen

28 AFC Portchester v Blackfield & Langley

29 Binfield v Larkhall Athletic

30 Reading Town v Sholing

31 Kidlington v Bodmin Town

32 Saltash United v Alresford Town