On Friday afternoon (9th July) we received the much anticipated early season league and cup fixtures for both our Men’s First Team and Under-18s.
The Dockers now know their opening fixtures across five competitions, as excitement builds for the start of what we hope will be a full and complete 2021/22 season.
The Southern Combination Football League (SCFL) have released the opening two fixtures for the begininng of the men’s Premier Division campaign, and it sees the Dockers away from home on the opening day with a visit to East Preston on Saturday 31st July. This is then followed up with a first home game of the season as newly promoted Bexhill United visit the Trafalgar Ground on Tuesday 3rd August.
The draws for the early rounds of the Emirates FA Cup were also revealed on Friday afternoon and it sees Newhaven host Camberley Town in the Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday 7th August. The winner of that tie will then host either Jersey Bulls or Horsham YMCA in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 21st August.
Newhaven enter the 2021/22 FA Vase at the First Qualifying Round for the first time in a few years and have been handed an away tie at Sutton Athletic on Saturday 11th September. The winners will then travel to either Westside or Snodland Town in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday 25th September.
Back to the SCFL and finally for the Men’s First Team, the whole draw for the Peter Bentley Cup has been released. After a bye through the First Round, Newhaven will host another newly promoted side, AFC Varndeanians, in the Second Round, before the winner of that tie facing a trip to either Seaford Town or AFC Uckfield Town in Round Three. No dates for these games have been set yet.
One final draw to be released on Friday was the early stages of the FA Youth Cup, where Newhaven will enter at the First Qualifying Round after receiving a bye through the Preliminary Round. The young Dockers will be on their travels at either Eastbourne Borough or Walton Casuals during the week commencing Monday 13th September.
Men’s early season fixtures:
Saturday 31st July – East Preston (A) – 3pm kick off – SCFL Premier Division
Tuesday 3rd August – Bexhill United (H) – 7.45pm kick off – SCFL Premier Division
Saturday 7th August – Camberley Town (H) – 3pm kick off – FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round