The Football Association has published the draws for the earliest rounds of the national competitions in which the club participates.
In the Emirates FA Cup, Ashford have an exemption from participating in the very first stage so will enter the tournament in the Preliminary Round. The Ash Trees’ journey in the competition will begin away from home, against either Cray Valley (PM) or Eastbourne Town. Both sides enjoyed decent seasons at Step 5 last season; Eltham-based Cray Valley finished sixth in the Southern Counties East League, while Eastbourne Town were fifth in the Southern Combination Premier Division. This match will take place on 25th August.
The Tangerines are one of a number of clubs participating in the Extra-Preliminary Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday 29th September and will be at home to Heybridge Swifts of the Bostik North Division. If the Tangerines are successful in that match, they will host Combined Counties League champions Westfield on 13th October.
The Under-18 side will travel to Colney Heath in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup. This match will be played during the first week in September.