FA Cup and FA Trophy draws: Barnstaple Town and Bideford learn opponents


BARNSTAPLE Town and Bideford will both travel to Hampshire for their opening FA Trophy matches next season.

It will be a first taste of the competition for Barnstaple, newly promoted to Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West, when they go to Farnborough on October 8. On the same day, Bideford will play away to Fleet Town. Both opponents play in Southern Division One Central.

If Barnstaple win, they will be away to Southern Premier side Dorchester Town in first round qualifying on October 29. Bideford will host Winchester City or Petersfield Town.

Both North Devon clubs will face lower-division opposition in the preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Bideford have been given a home tie against the winners of the extra preliminary round tie between Bodmin Town, of the Macron South West Peninsula League Premier Division, and Cheddar, of the Toolstation Western League First Division. Barnstaple will be away to Toolstation Premier side Clevedon Town or First Division Ashton and Backwell United. The ties will be played on August 20.

Emirates FA Cup – prelim rd (Aug 20): Bideford v Bodmin Tn/Cheddar, Clevedon Tn/Ashton and Backwell Utd v Barnstaple Tn.

FA Trophy – prelim rd (Oct 8): Farnborough v Barnstaple Tn, Fleet Tn v Bideford.

1st rd qual (Oct 29): Fleet Tn/Bideford v Winchester City/Petersfield Tn, Dorchester Tn v Farnborough/Barnstaple Tn.

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