EAST Hampshire’s football sides face some tough matches in their quest for FA Cup glory this season.
Petersfield Town, Horndean and Alresford Town all pulled difficult ties out of the hat when the Football Association made the draws for the opening rounds of the most famous cup competition in the world on Friday.
Petersfield face a trip to Hellenic League outfit Thatcham Town in the Extra Preliminary Round on August 5.
Alresford Town must go to fellow Wessex Premier Division side Sholing – the winners of that tie will host the Rams or Thatcham in the Preliminary Round on August 19.
Horndean have been drawn at home to Western League side Melksham Town in the Extra Preliminary Round – if they win that tie they face a trip to Hellenic League side Binfield or Southern Combination League outfit Chichester City in the next round.
There is plenty of prize money at stake in the FA Cup – the winners of the Extra Preliminary Round ties will get £1,500 and the winners of the Preliminary Round matches receive £1,925.
The draws for the early rounds of the FA Vase have also been made.
Petersfield Town have been drawn at home to Western League side Corsham Town in the First Qualifying Round of the competition, which is due to be played on September 9.
Horndean will face Wessex Premier Division opponents in the same round with the visit of Andover Town.
In the Second Qualifying Round, due to be played on September 23, if they get through Petersfield will travel to a Wessex Premier Division side in the form of Hamble Club or Bemerton Heath Harlequins, while Horndean would be away to Surrey Combined Counties League side Knaphill or Southern Combination League team Sidlesham.
Alresford Town come in at the Second Qualifying Round stage of the competition and they will travel to either Newport IOW or Fleet Spurs.
Everyone is a winner in the FA Vase this season as far as prize money is concerned as even the losers of matches receive a payment.
In the First Qualifying Round the winners get £550 and the losers £175 and in the Second Qualifying Round the winners get £725 and the losers £250.