FA competition draws: Bury Town away while Needham at home in FA Cup

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The opening rounds of the FA competitions have been at Wembley today with Bury Town set to be away in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, while Needham Market will begin their campaign at Bloomfields.

Ben Chenery’s Bury side will have to await the opening two rounds to see where they will travel to on Saturday, September 13, from the winners of ties involving Halstead Town, St Margaretsbury or Romford.

Needham already know their opponents though, with fellow Ryman League Division One North outfit Soham Town Rangers visiting Bloomfields in the preliminary round on August 30.

There are home ties for Mildenhall Town and Thetford Town in the extra preliminary round, while Team Bury have been drawn away.

In the FA Trophy, Bury Town (Hendon) and Needham Market (Walton and Hersham) have both been handed home draws.

In the FA Vase, Thetford, Stowmarket and Walsham have been handed home ties, while Mildenhall and Team Bury have been drawn away.

FA Cup fixtures:

Extra preliminary round (Saturday, August 16 3pm £1,500 to the winners)

Peterborough Northern Star V Team Bury

Mildenhall Town V Gorleston

Boston Town V Walsham-le-Willows

Thetford Town V Swaffham Town

Preliminary round (Saturday, August 30 3pm £1,925 to the winners)

* Needham Market V Soham Town Rangers

* Peterborough Northern Star V Mildenhall Town or Gorleston or Team Bury

* Thetford Town or Swaffham Town V Norwich United or Deeping Rangers

* Diss Town or Holbeach United V Boston Town or Walsham-le-Willows

First round qualifying (Saturday, September 13 3pm £1,925 to the winners)

* Peterborough Northern Star or Team Bury or Mildenhall Town or Gorleston

v Wroxham or Great Yarmouth Town or Huntingdon Town

* Cambridge City v Needham Market or Soham Town Rangers

* Thetford Town or Swaffham Town or Norwich United or Deeping Rangers

v Sleaford Town or Wisbech Town or Kirkley & Pakefield or Ely City

* Halstead Town or St Margaretsbury or Romford v Bury Town

* King’s Lynn Town v Diss Town or Holbeach United or Boston Town or Walsham Le Willows

FA Trophy fixtures:

Preliminary round (Saturday, October 18 3pm £2,500 to the winners)

* Needham Market v Walton & Hersham

First qualifying round (Saturday, November 1 3pm £2,700 to the winners)

* Bury Town v Hendon

* Maidstone United v Needham Market or Walton and Hersham

FA Vase fixtures:

First qualifying round (Saturday, September 6 3pm £600 to the winners)

* Thetford Town v Ely City

* Eynesbury Rovers v Mildenhall Town

Second qualifying round (Saturday, October 4 3pm £800 to the winners)

Peterborough Northern Star v Team Bury

Walsham-le-Willows v Godmanchester Rovers or St Neots Town Youth and Saints

Fakenham Town v Eynesbury Rovers or Mildenhall Town

Peterborough Sports v Thetford Town or Ely City

Stowmarket Town v Eton Manor