Hunts sides up for the cups as FA draws made

Home draws in the FA Cup and FA Trophy for Ricky Marheineke's St Ives Town side.

Home draws in the FA Cup and FA Trophy for Ricky Marheineke's St Ives Town side. - Credit: Archant

The draws for the early rounds of the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase competitions have been made today.

St Ives Town can look forward to the prospect of three home ties – two in the FA Trophy and one in the FA Cup.

Ricky Marheineke’s men will play host to Rugby Town in the preliminary round of the Trophy with the winners then facing Southern League Division One (Central) champions Kettering Town at the first round qualifying stage.

St Neots enter the FA Trophy in first round qualifying stage when they host Bedworth United.

St Ives will also have the benefit of home advantage at ProEdge Westwood Road when they go into FA Cup battle at the preliminary round stage. They will face either Great Yarmouth or Norwich United.

Eynesbury could have to negotiate two Peterborough sides in the FA Cup.

Rovers have been handed a home tie against Peterborough Sports in the extra preliminary round with the winners then travelling to take on either Peterborough Northern Star or Newmarket Town in the preliminary round.

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Huntingdon travel to Fakenham in the extra preliminary round with another trip to Norfolk awaiting them if they can make progress. The winners go to Wroxham in the preliminary round.

Godmanchester are away at fellow Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Walsham-le-Willows in the extra preliminary round and will also be on the road in the preliminary round if successful.

The winners go either Yaxley, who Rovers met four times in cup clashes last season, or Gorleston.

St Neots are exempt until the first round qualifying.

Huntingdon also begin their FA Vase challenge with a date in Norfolk.

Downham Town are their opponents in the first round qualifying when St Neots Saints also enter with a home clash against Team Bury.

Eynesbury enter at the second round qualifying stage and entertain Fakenham at Hall Road while Godmanchester Rovers don’t come in until the first round proper.

FA Cup

Extra preliminary round (to be played Saturday, August 15): Eynesbury v Peterborough Sports, Fakenham v Huntingdon, Walsham-le-Willows v Godmanchester Rovers.

Preliminary round (to be played Saturday, August 29): Eynesbury or Peterborough Sports v Peterborough Northern Star or Newmarket, Wroxham v Fakenham or Huntingdon, Walsham-le-Willows or Godmanchester Rovers v Yaxley or Gorleston, St Ives v Great Yarmouth or Norwich Utd.

FA Trophy

Preliminary round (to be played Saturday, October 3): St Ives v Rugby Tn.

First round qualifying (to be played Saturday, October 31): St Ives or Rugby Tn v Kettering Tn, St Neots v Bedworth Utd.

FA Vase

First round qualifying (to be played Saturday, September 5): St Neots Saints v Team Bury, Downham Tn v Huntingdon.

Second round qualifying (to be played Saturday, October 3): Eynesbury v Fakenham, Mildenhall v St Neots Saints or Team Bury, Downham Tn or Huntingdon v Peterborough Sports or Sleaford.

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