Hastings United have received a very welcome home draw in the FA Cup today (Friday).
The U’s will entertain Chatham Town, Peacehaven & Telscombe or Banstead Athletic in first round qualifying on Saturday September 8. All three possible opponents ply their trade at a lower level than United.
Rye United, meanwhile, are back in the FA Cup for the first time in four years. They and Sidley United have received away draws early on, avoiding the issue of finding an alternative venue if drawn at home (due to their grounds being used for cricket).
National competition draws selected ties - FA Cup with Budweiser, extra preliminary round (Saturday August 11): St Francis Rangers v RYE UNITED; Hassocks v SIDLEY UNITED. Preliminary round (Saturday August 25): Worthing v St Francis Rangers or RYE UNITED; Hailsham Town or Greenwich Borough v Hassocks or SIDLEY UNITED. First round qualifying (Saturday September 8): HASTINGS UNITED v Chatham Town, Peacehaven & Telscombe or Banstead Athletic; Hailsham Town, Greenwich Borough, Hassocks or SIDLEY UNITED v Cray Wanderers; Walton Casuals or Thamesmead Town v Worthing, St Francis Rangers or RYE UNITED.
FA Carlsberg Trophy, first round qualifying (Saturday September 29): East Thurrock United v HASTINGS UNITED.
FA Carlsberg Vase, first round qualifying (Saturday September 1): Mole Valley SCR v SIDLEY UNITED. Second round qualifying (Saturday September 15): Mole Valley SCR or SIDLEY UNITED v Frimley Green or Selsey. First round proper (Saturday October 13): RYE UNITED v Redhill, Horley Town or Seaford Town; Mole Valley SCR, SIDLEY UNITED, Frimley Green or Selsey v Fisher, Canterbury City or Greenwich Borough.
FA Youth Cup, preliminary round (w/c Monday September 3): HASTINGS UNITED v Sutton United. First round qualifying (w/c Monday September 17): Dartford or Welling United v HASTINGS UNITED or Sutton United.
See next week’s Observers for more details.