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How did our FA Cup opponents get on ahead of the Extra Preliminary Round ties

From Amesbury to Wembley, how our clubs opponents fared on opening night

The 2017/18 FA Cup kicks off on Saturday afternoon as most of you will by now be aware – so we thought we’d see how our clubs Extra Preliminary opponents got on in their opening games of the season.

Firstly, here’s the weekends fixture list in full:

  • Amesbury Town v Eversley & California
  • Binfield v Chichester City
  • Bracknell Town v Cowes Sports (ko 2pm)
  • Highmoor Ibis v Buckingham Town
  • Ringwood Town v Ascot United
  • Windsor v Wembley
  • Woodley United v Tuffley Rovers

Related: Read up on the East Berkshire FA Cup heroes

So lets do this club by club.

Amesbury Town – Lost 1-0 in the Wessex Premier to Blackfield & Langley and left this curious tweet..

Buckingham Town – No competitive game for the United Counties League Division 1 side and no real indication via website or social media as to their pre season campaign.

Chichester City – No competitive game for the Southern Combination Premier Division side before the FA Cup, the last fixture was a 4-2 defeat to Bostik League Hastings United on Tuesday with comedien Omid Djalili watching on.

Cowes Sports – Sports lost their opening Wessex Premier fixture 2-0 at last seasons third placed side Sholing and had Callum Chase sent off – though he should be available for Saturday.

Ringwood Town – The Wessex Division 1 side were beaten 5-3 at home on Tuesday night by Laverstock & Ford.

Tuffley Rovers – Came from behind to draw 1-1 with Fairford Town in their Hellenic Premier Division opener and saw this brilliant cross/shot goal:

Wembley – No competitive fixture for the Spartan South Midlands League side and it’s a similar position for opponents Windsor who haven’t played competitively prior to the Extra Preliminary Round.

The full FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round fixture list is here.


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Tom Canning

Tom is the co-editor of Football in Berkshire. He has played at the lowest possible level of football. In real life Tom works for Reach PLC. Former manager of Binfield Ladies in the Thames Valley Women's League.


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