Frenford among first-timers in 2018/19 Essex Senior Cup
PUBLISHED: 17:37 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:37 03 August 2018
Eight new senior status clubs found out their first ever BBC Essex Senior Cup opponents when the draws for the preliminary and first rounds were broadcast live from the station’s Chelmsford studios this week.
The competition is back again for the 2018/19 season with a fresh structure for the early stages to reflect the new Eastern Senior League at step six of the non-league pyramid.
A total of 33 clubs were initially involved in the draws and they discovered their first hurdle on a path which could eventually lead to a prestige final at Colchester United’s Jobserve Community Stadium.
Amongst the preliminary round teams are eight competition newcomers, including Benfleet, Coggeshall United, Fire United Christian, Frenford, Lopes Tavares London, May & Baker Eastbrook Community, Newbury Forest and White Ensign.
Harwich & Parkeston also return, as 26 teams from the Football League, National League and Isthmian League receive a bye to the third round.
Two guests helped with the draw, as Frenford manager David Forbes pulled out the home teams while the away sides were selected by Mark Ashford, the recently-installed Witham Town boss.
For Forbes, this is a huge step for his club following many successful years in the Saturday Premier Cup, and he said: “There are some massive changes, and it’s a proud time for the club. It was an ambition from a few years ago now, and it’s been a long journey, but to finally be stepping up a level and taking part in the Senior Cup, is beyond what we thought we could achieve.
“We were a small side playing when I first went to the club at Goodmayes Park Extension. Suddenly now we’ve in semi-professional football!
“We want to be up there, we want to be challenging. It’s a bold statement to make, because we don’t know a lot about the other sides, but we’ve been a strong intermediate side.
“Some clubs who have come in from the same sort of level as us have improved – clubs like Little Oakley who we played in the Essex Premier Cup two seasons ago. We’d like to do the same. We don’t just want to be a part of it, we want to push on to the next level.”
You can find out everything you need to know about the BBC Essex Senior Cup at essexfa.com, on Twitter by following @EssexCountyFA and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.
Preliminary Round (by August 25): Little Oakley v Lopes Tavares London, Newbury Forest v Fire United Christian, Frenford v Coggeshall United.
First Round (by September 8): Saffron Walden Town v May & Baker Eastbrook Community, Stansted v Stanway Rovers, White Ensign v Holland, Newbury Forest or Fire United Christian v Benfleet, Burnham Ramblers v Leyton Athletic, Halstead Town v Southend Manor, Frenford or Coggeshall United v West Essex, Wivenhoe Town v Barkingside, Redbridge v FC Clacton, Walthamstow v Ilford, Takeley v Harwich & Parkeston, Hullbridge Sports v Little Oakley or Lopes Tavares London.
Second Round (by September 29): Halstead Town or Southend Manor v Walthamstow or Ilford, White Ensign or Holland v Wivenhoe Town or Barkingside, Newbury Forest or Fire United Christian or Benfleet v Burnham Ramblers or Leyton Athletic, Stansted or Stanway Rovers v Redbridge or FC Clacton, Takeley or Harwich & Parkeston v Hullbridge Sports or Little Oakley or Lopes Tavares London, Saffron Walden Town or May & Baker Eastbrook Community v Frenford or Coggeshall United or West Essex.
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