The draw for the First Round Proper draw of the 2016/17 Buildbase FA Vase tournament has given both of our surviving sides away ties at Southern Counties East League opposition.
Ascot United will start their journey with a trip into the unknown when they visit Hollands & Blair – a second trip to Kent this season following the FA Cup replay with Tonbridge Angels at the start of September.
The Yellamen were given a bye from the qualifying rounds after finishing fourth in the Hellenic League Premier Division last season.
Bracknell Town’s reward for a 2-1 win over Binfield on Friday night is a nostalgic (and slightly closer) trip to Croydon – a side they face on many an occassion in the Ryman League.
The Trams play out of the Croydon Sports Arena which from memory is surrounded by a running track.
Both games are scheduled to be played on Saturday 22nd October.
Looking for a run
Ascot have a great recent history in the FA Vase since first entering in 2010. They have twice reached the quarter finals – losing a replay at Shildon in 2012 and 3-2 against St Austell in Cornwall in 2014.
Bracknell’s history in the competition is much longer having first entered back in 1974. The win at Binfield is the first time the Robins have reached the first round proper since 2010 when they were given a bye following relegation to the Hellenic League from the Southern League.
Between 2002 and 2010 the Robins were in the FA Trophy due to their step four status which was lost following demotion to the Hellenic.
You can see the full nationwide draw for the First Round Proper of the FA Vase here.
Main image: George Short celebrates scoring against Binfield in the FA Vase by Neil Graham.