Where does road to Wembley begin for West Sussex sides?

Wembley dreams begin early in the season for non-league clubs

Wembley dreams begin early in the season for non-league clubs

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LOCAL teams have discovered who they’ll face in the early rounds of the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase.

The FA Cup kicks off with the extra preliminary round on Saturday, August 17, when Selsey will go to Alton Town, Chichester City will host Chessington & Hook and Pagham will entertain Tunbridge Wells.

In the preliminary round on Saturday, August 31, the winners of the Selsey game will visit Raynes Park Vale or Lingfield, Chichester, if through, will host Sittingbourne and Pagham, if they are through, will be at home to Whitstable.

The first qualifying round is on Saturday, September 14, Selsey, if they are still involved, will go to VCD or Burgess Hill, Chichester, if through, will host Littlehampton Town, St Francis Rangers, Greenwich Borough or Ringmer, and Pagham, if they have survived, will be at Eastbourne Town.

The Rocks come in at this stage and go to Frome Town.

In the FA Trophy’s first qualifying round on Saturday, October 19, the Rocks will be at home to Thurrock or Corinthian Casuals.

In the FA Vase, the first round qualifying on Saturday, September 7, sees Chichester City at home to Cray Valley, Selsey at home to Littlehampton and Pagham entertaining Molesey.

In the second round qualifying a fortnight later, Chichester will visit Croydon or Seaford if they are still in, Selsey, if they survive, will host Shoreham or Horsham YMCA, while Pagham will host East Grinstead or AFC Uckfield.